Mountain Top pilot accused of molesting girl to stand trial
WILKES-BARRE — A Mountain Top pilot accused of fondling a girl repeatedly beginning when she was in elementary school waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday, allowing a count of corruption of minors to proceed to county court.
Jostein Brakvatne, 56, of 72 Shady Tree Drive, Fairview Twp., will appear before a county judge for a dispositional hearing on June 8, Magisterial District Judge Joseph D. Spagnuolo Jr. ordered.
Brakvatne was charged last month after the girl’s father reported Brakvatne had for years been touching her inappropriately at his house directly across the street from the Fairview Twp. police station.
The girl, now a middle school student, told authorities that the inappropriate contact began when she was in the fifth grade, with Brakvatne putting his hands up her shirt and grabbing her breasts, according to police.
Brakvatne also told the girl she was beautiful as her grabbed her buttocks and put his hands down her pants, according to the charges.
The girl’s older stepsister also told investigators that Brakvatne drank a lot and had, on a couple occasions, told her she was beautiful while kissing and licking her face, according to the charges.
Brakvatne is facing a single misdemeanor count of corruption of minors related to the allegations raised by the younger girl. Police say the stepsister, who is now an adult, did not want to pursue charges against Brakvatne and the victim’s family also did not want to pursue more serious charges related to the younger girl’s allegations.
Brakvatne, a certified airline transport pilot, remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail pending his appearance in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in June.
Jostein Brakvatne will appear before a county judge for a dispositional hearing on June 8 after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday.