Man sentenced for assault

A Sugar Grove man was sentenced to ten months to two years, less one day with credit for time served, and three years probation to run consecutively for one charge of indecent assault.

James McKendree III, 10094, Jackson Run Road, was arrested last December and charged with indecent assault of a person with disability, indecent assault by forcible compulsion, and harassment. According to police, McKendree assaulted a female victim at Bollinger Enterprises Workshop, 44 N. State St., North Warren, where both were employed. Police said the victim reported McKendree pulled her into the men’s restroom and forcibly fondled her before staff arrived and stopped the assault.

Public Defender John Parroccini noted that McKendree had not been assessed as a predator and Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Feronti said she was stunned at that, because, “This is the same exact behavior as once before,” noting that this was his second offense. She added that the victim no longer feels safe and is afraid to go to the workshop where the crime happened.

Judge Gregory Hammond agreed with the prosecution, and sentenced him to the Warren County Jail, with $1,125 in fines and costs and a lifetime on the Megan’s Law sexual offenders’ list.

He also told McKendree that he was to have “Absolutely no contact with the victim,” and no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18.

He explained that as a Tier 3 sexual offender, McKendree must register with the Pennsylvania State Police with his name, nicknames, address, aliases, social security and phone numbers, any temporary lodging addresses, employers, schools attending and vehicles; and submit to finger printing, palm printing and DNA testing.

He must also verify the information with the state police quarterly, and register with any different state he might travel to.

He was escorted to the jail, and later recalled to the courtroom where Hammond informed him that by statute, another sexual offense could result in a life sentence.