Moun­tain Top pilot ac­cused of mo­lest­ing girl to stand trial

The Citizens' Voice - - Local - BY JAMES HALPIN STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: jhalpin@cit­i­zensvoice.com 570-821-2058

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.

MARK MO­RAN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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.

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