Jason Richard Lyman, 22 Ice Lake Road, White Haven, PA was charged with Unlawful Contact With a Minor –Sexual Offenses, Individual Assault on a Person Less than 16 years of age and Corruption of Minors –Defendant Age 18 or above by the Pennsylvania State Police Hazleton on September 5, 2013. The case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before District Magistrate Ron Swank at 10:00 a. m. on Wednesday September 18.
Lyman, 34, is a former Crestwood High School Football Coach. He is married and has one child. According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed with the charges, Lyman met his victim at a local church in May of 2012. The victim was a member of the youth group. He “friended” her on Facebook and then began to initiate chat conversations with her through the social media site. The conversations took on a sexual tone. Toward the end of the summer Lyman met the victim at a church sponsored carnival and engaged in physical contact in the parking lot.
The victim’s parents took copies of the Facebook messages to the State Police in July 2013. The Police were able to access the victim’s Facebook account and to retrieve exchanges between the victim and Lyman from January 25 to April 29, 2013 to substantiate the charges filed.
A Mountaintop resident has been charged with a burglary of a local restaurant where he had been employed for one day.
Joshua Kloeker, 21, Oak Drive, was arraigned on September 11 on charges by Wright Township police of burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, theft and criminal mischief. He was released without bail. A preliminary complaint was scheduled for September 18.
The criminal complaint states that on August 12, the owner of La Napoli Restaurant, S. Mountain Blvd. and Church Rd,, called police to report someone entered a window between August 11 and August 12 and took $2010 in cash from the cash register, a cash box and a gift certificate envelope.
The restaurant’s owner and his employees were able to quickly identify the face of the suspect from a surveillance camera as the defendant. According to the owner, Kloeker worked at the restaurant for one day. He trained there on Saturday, August 3 from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. and then quit after the training shift. The owner stated Kloeker stopped in the restaurant on Friday, August 9 and came into the kitchen to talk to him. The owner stated the defendant told him that if he ever needed any recipes to give him a call. The owner stated Kloeker then walked around the restaurant and left. The owner saw the defendant at the St. Jude’s Bazaar the night of the break-in. They said hello to each other, a few hours prior to the break-in.
Police interviewed Kloeker on August 13 regarding the burglary. Kloeker denied committing the burglary at La Napoli. His description of where he was that night, who he was with and what he was doing was very inconsistent. He stated he was drinking heavily and may not remember the whole evening.