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Former Lackawanna County Coach Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

November 13, 2018

Former Lackawanna County Coach Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

WILKES-BARRE — A Lackawanna County softball coach who pleaded guilty to child sex charges was sentenced to up to two years in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. Charles Steven Kearney, 53, of 1705 Capouse Ave., Scranton, will serve one to two years in jail followed by five years of probation after pleading guilty in August to sexual assault by a sports official, corruption of a minor and indecent assault of a person under 16. Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough imposed the sentence Friday, ordering Kearney to have no contact with the victim. State troopers began investigating Kearney in March, after the girl’s father found “disturbing” messages on her phone between the two, prosecutors said. The girl told police Kearney had sex with her for about a year, starting in July 2017, including in his car, at his Scranton home, in the woods in Ashley and at a home in Hanover Twp. He also skied with her about three times a week at Montage Mountain, police said. The Times-Tribune does not identify victims of sexual assault. When questioned about the girl’s statement, Kearney broke down in tears and left the police barracks, according to prosecutors. At the time of his May 21 arrest, Kearney was an assistant coach for the Lackawanna Lightning travel softball team. As part of his sentence, Kearney is barred from any softball team activities, and he will be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years. Vough gave Kearney credit for 93 days time served but determined he is not eligible for work release. Kearney was remanded to the jail at the end of the hearing. Contact the writer: jhalpin@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2058

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