Williamstown man faces sexual assault charge
ELIZABETHVILLE — A Williamstown man is free on bail, charged by state police at Lykens with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Schuylkill Haven girl while the two served in the Civil Air Patrol.
Ryan Austin Mantz, 21, of 233 N. West St., was arrested by Trooper Hilary Faust and charged with one felony count each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person under the age of 16, unlawful contact with a minor, statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors, along with one misdemeanor count of indecent assault.
Mantz was arraigned Wednesday by Dauphin County Magisterial District Judge Rebecca J. Margerum, Elizabethville, and released on $10,000 unsecured bail.
Faust charged Mantz with incidents at his residence between Dec. 1, 2017, and April 30 while he and the teenager served as cadets in the Civil Air Patrol program based in Lebanon.
Faust said the incidents came to light on May 2, when Civil Air Patrol Lt. Matthew Bartal reported an alleged sexual assault incident between two cadets.
The investigation led to the teenager being interviewed and reporting that she and Mantz were dating, a statement that Mantz confirmed when interviewed at a later date.
Also during the interview, Mantz reported he and the teenager had engaged in sexual intercourse while they were dating, Faust said.
Faust said that Mantz also told him that everything that happened between him and the teenager had been consensual.
Mantz will now have to appear for a preliminary hearing at 11 a.m. May 30 before Margerum in her Elizabethville courtroom.