D.A.: Man sex­u­ally as­saulted two girls

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AMITY >> A Boy­er­town man has been charged after po­lice say he sex­u­ally as­saulted two young girls.

John M. Hammes, 57, of Farm­ing­ton Av­enue in Boy­er­town, has been charged fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an al­leged as­sault against two young girls that took place in 2018.

On Fri­day, Aug. 17, 2018, the Berks County De­tec­tive’s Of­fice re­ceived a Childline Re­fer­ral from the Com­mon­wealth of Penn­syl­va­nia, De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices, rel­a­tive to two young girls who were sex­u­ally as­saulted at their babysit­ter’s res­i­dence.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was as­signed to the Berks County De­tec­tive’s Of­fice.

The crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that the two fe­male vic­tims were ap­prox­i­mately 4 and 6 years old when the sex­ual as­saults oc­curred be­tween Jan­uary and July 2018, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

The two vic­tims were cared for by their babysit­ter at a res­i­dence lo­cated in Amity Town­ship be­tween Jan­uary and July 2018.

Hammes was often at the babysit­ter’s res­i­dence and would have di­rect con­tact with the two vic­tims, au­thor­i­ties said.

Dur­ing this time, there were pe­ri­ods when Hammes was alone with the chil­dren and iso­lated each vic­tim.

Both vic­tims were in­ter­viewed at the Chil­dren’s Al­liance Cen­ter. Dur­ing the foren­sic in­ter­views, both vic­tims dis­closed and de­scribed the sex­ual acts that took place in 2018 at their babysit­ter’s res­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

On Wed­nes­day, Jan. 2, the Berks County De­tec­tive’s Of­fice filed crim­i­nal charges at Dis­trict Judge Steven Chi­effo’s of­fice and an ar­rest war­rant was is­sued for Hammes.

On Fri­day, Jan. 4, at ap­prox­i­mately 9:30 a.m., Hammes sur­ren­dered to the Berks County De­tec­tives at their of­fice in Read­ing. Sub­se­quently, he was taken to the Berks County Sher­iffs Cen­tral Pro­cess­ing De­part­ment for pro­cess­ing.

Hammes is be­ing charged with in­vol­un­tary de­viant sex­ual in­ter­course, in­de­cent as­sault, in­de­cent ex­po­sure, en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of chil­dren and cor­rup­tion of mi­nors. He is cur­rently await­ing pre­lim­i­nary ar­raign­ment.

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