Wil­liamstown man faces sexual assault charge

The Republican Herald - - POLICE / COURT - BY FRANK ANDRUSCAVAGE Staff Writer Con­tact the writer: fan­dr­us­cav­age@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 560-628-6013

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.

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