A 27-year-old Monroe Township man is in the Wyoming County jail after being charged with sexually assaulting a juvenile female 12 years his junior.
Jamie Franklin Turner of Copper Kettle Park was arraigned last Wednesday (Sept. 23) after police say he carried on a cell phone relationship that went too far.
The teen’s mother told police she discovered some text messages on her daughter’s cell phone that were sexual in nature. And she later discovered the two persons had been in a relationship for three or four months.
Initially, Turner denied having knowledge of the victim’s cell phone number but after a forensics analysis last February, investigators discovered the two had over a 3-day period sent each other 500 text messages, and over a 2-month period had shared 13,534 messages
Many of them suggested sexually inappropriate behavior between the two, the police complaint makes clear.
According to a police complaint, the victim submitted to a forensic interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Montrose where she acknowledged the differential in ages. She also noted that she had been told by Turner “not to tell anyone until she was 18.”
Turner was arraigned Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith on charges of statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, and indecent assault of a person less than 16, and Judge Smith set bail at $100,000.
Unable to post bail, Turner was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail, and he has a preliminary hearing before Judge Smith set for Oct. 8.