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September 05. 2013 11:41PM

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WILKES-BARRE — A Kingston man who authorities allege used a 4-year-old boy to gain the trust of two women he sexually assaulted might face more charges.

A third woman came forward with allegations she was assaulted by William Esser, prosecutors said on Thursday. Investigators questioned the woman and might file additional charges at a later date. It remained unknown Thursday if Esser had the boy with him during this alleged incident.

Authorities in Wilkes-Barre and Hanover Township allege Esser, 27, was caring for the boy when he raped a woman on the top floor of the James F. Coughlin Intermodal Parking Garage on South Washington Street on June 24, and had the boy in a rear car seat when he drove another woman to a secluded area on Great Valley Boulevard and forced her to perform a lewd sex act on July 1, according to arrest records.

Esser appeared in magisterial district court Thursday and waived his right to a preliminary hearing, sending felony charges of rape and sexual assault filed by city police to Luzerne County Court. He previously waived a single felony count of sexual assault filed by township police to county court.

Esser’s attorney, county Public Defender Mark Singer, told him that something might be filed “down the road and we’ll deal with it then.”

Esser remains jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $70,000 bail.

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