CRAWFORD COUNTY – A man who worked at a Mercer County juvenile placement center will stand trial for allegedly having sexual contact with an underage Meadville girl in West Mead Township last July.



Samuel Julius Irby, 25, of 1123 Crowder Ave., Sharon, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino on felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor sexual offenses and institutional sexual assault of a minor and a misdemeanor count of corruption of minors. By waiving his right to a hearing, Irby automatically was ordered held for trial during the May criminal term of Crawford County Court of Common Pleas.

Irby was an employee of Keystone Adolescent Center in Greenville when he had sexual contact with a 17-year-old Meadville girl who was in placement at Keystone through Crawford County Children and Youth Services, according to the arrest affidavit.

West Mead Township Police Department accuse Irby of having sex with the girl in the back of Irby’s sport utility vehicle on July 28, 2018, behind the former Veterans of Foreign Wars building off Morgan Village Road in the township, according the arrest affidavit. The girl was in Meadville visiting family on a weekend pass from Keystone.

Police allege Irby sent the girl messages via Facebook Messenger. The messages asked if she still was in placement at Keystone and her age as he was working on another unit at the facility, according to the affidavit. The girl stated she was 17 and still in placement at Keystone.

A friend of the girl as well as a relative of the girl told an adult in the girl’s family about the alleged encounter with Irby. The girl subsequently was interviewed by authorities and admitted to the contact, according to the affadavit.

The affidavit stated Irby knew “he was not permitted to have any personal contact with residents of the Keystone Adolescent Center as per their rules and regulations.”

Todd Hedderick, Keystone’s director of operations, confirmed Irby no longer is employed by the agency and declined additional comment Thursday.

Keystone Adolescent Center of Greenville is a nonprofit agency that provides 24-hour care and supervision for delinquent and dependent boys and girls throughout western Pennsylvania, according to its website.

It has community-based programs for constructive behavior modification, therapeutic counseling and educational opportunities for at-risk adolescents, according to its website. Keystone offers families greater involvement in the treatment program because of its community-based nature and emphasis on family preservation.

Irby remains free on $25,000 bond as he awaits the trial.