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July 10, 2014

News briefs from July 10, 2014

- — Coroner rules homicide in death of Sharpsville man

SHARPSVILLE – Charles David Frederick’s death has been ruled a homicide, said Mercer County Coroner J. Bradley McGonigle III.

Frederick, 50, of 2010 Powers Ave., Sharpsville, died Friday after he was joking around with a friend, Fred Earl Abbott II, 36, and Abbott kneed Frederick in the stomach, causing him to fall, Sharpsville police said.

Abbott, 36, of 2909 William Ave., had been drinking at the Sharpsville American Legion and Frederick got him to leave after the bartender shut off Abbott, police said. Abbott refused to get into Frederick’s car and Abbott kneed him, police said.

Frederick’s heart stopped due to injuries to the head and face, McGonigle said. His head hit the car as he was falling and the pavement, said Police Chief Keith A. Falasco.

Frederick recently had had heart surgery, police said.

Abbott has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, simple assault and public drunkenness.

Falasco said Saturday the charges could change depending on the outcome of the autopsy. He said Wednesday the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office could amend the complaint at Abbott’s preliminary hearing, set for 10:15 a.m. Friday before District Judge Dennis M. Songer, Sharon.

Abbott is in jail on $100,000 bond.

Man sent to prison for assaulting teenage girl

LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP – A Lackawannock Township man was sentenced last week to 3 to 10 years in prison on a charge of aggravated indecent assault for molesting a girl with severe cerebral palsy.

Christopher Atkinson, 61, also must register for the rest of his life as a sex offender.

Atkinson’s son, Aaron A., 23, was sentenced in January to 3 years’ probation on a charge of corruption of a minor for touching the same girl. Aaron Atkinson was ordered to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

The assaults occurred between 2010 and 2012 at a home on Jellison Lane, Lackawannock, when the girl was as young as 13, state police said. Each man assaulted the girl independently of the other.

The girl has since moved to Texas and the assaults were initially reported to police there, then they notified Pennsylvania authorities. Charges were filed May 1, 2013.

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