Man Charged for Alleged Sexual Assault of 6 Year Old Girl

A Palo Alto Man has been charged for an Alleged Sexual Assault.

According to the Palo Alto Borough Police Department, James A. Lagle Jr., 39, whose last known address was on Bacon Street, Palo Alto was charged for alleged sexual assault incidents of a 6 year old girl that occurred between May 2016 and June 6th, 2016.

Palo Alto Police Chief Joseph Kavanaugh said he learned of the incident on June 21, 2016 when Schuylkill County Children & Youth Services contacted him regarding an alleged sexual assault. The child’s mother called Children & Youth Services after her daughter made comments to her about being touched inappropriately, the chief said.

Kavanaugh said the child was interviewed on July 7, 2016 in Harrisburg and related that Lagle asked her to perform a sex act and that he also molested her.

He said Lagle was contacted and asked to come to the police station for an interview, but failed to show at the designated time.

Numerous attempts were made to contact Lagle but Kavanaugh said those attempts failed until police apprehended him on Wednesday.

Lagle was charged with felony indecent assault and corruption of minors, and misdemeanor offenses of indecent exposure and endangering the welfare of children.

Lagle was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge David A. Plachko, Port Carbon, and committed to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $75,000 straight cash bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16, 2016.

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