Big Run man arrested, charged in assault of minor

STAFF REPORTS

Punxsutawney Borough Police reported Thursday the arrest of Benjamin Thomas Long, 21, of Big Run, on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges related to an incident of statutory sexual assault. The charges were filed with District Judge Douglas Chambers' office in Punxsutawney. Long was arraigned and placed in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of posting $50,000 bail, which has since been posted, according to online court documents.

Long was charged following an investigation of a ChildLine report. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, ChildLine is part of a "statewide child protective services program designed to accept child abuse referrals and general child well-being concerns and transmit the information quickly to the appropriate investigating agency.”

The documents say that charges were filed on June 12 and list the date of the incident as October 1, 2016.

The charges against Long include one first-degree felony count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, person less than 16 years of age; one second-degree felony count of statutory sexual assault: 4 to 8 years older; one felony-two count of aggravated indecent assault, complainant less than 16; seven felony-two counts of knowingly photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts; seven felony-three counts of child pornography; and five felony-three counts of corruption of minors, defendant age 18 or above.

Misdemeanor charges include indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age (one count), endangering the welfare of children-parent/guardian/other commits offense (two counts) and corruption of minors (10 counts).

One count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver was also included on the list of charges.

Police said they were assisted in the investigation by Western PA CARES for Kids, the Jefferson County District Attorney's office, Jefferson County Children and Youth Services and the northwestern office of the Pennsylvania State Police computer crime unit.

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