Last updated: September 07. 2013 12:35AM - 3535 Views
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LARKSVILLE — Police arrested a man Friday on charges he sexually assaulted three girls and exposed himself to a fourth girl during sleepovers at his house earlier this year.


Francis Parsons, 43, of East Fourth Street, Larksville, was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville on three counts of corruption of minors and one count each of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and indecent exposure. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $250,000 bail.


According to the criminal complaint:


Four girls told police they separately slept over at Parson’s house where he allegedly exposed himself or molested them as they slept in a bedroom on while watching a movie in the living room:


• An 11-year-old girl told police she was awakened when Parsons allegedly exposed himself to her. She told Parsons to leave her alone, as he kept returning to the bedroom during the night, the complaint states.


The girl wanted to leave and called her mother, but there was no answer. Before leaving, the girl told Parson’s daughter about what happened and the daughter said, “It was just a dream,” according to the complaint.


The girl did not return to Parson’s house except for a birthday party.


• A 12-year-old girl said she slept on a bedroom floor and felt Parsons lying next to her and inappropriately touching her, the complaint alleges.


During another sleepover, the 12-year-old told police she was awakened when Parsons allegedly touched her. Parsons jumped up and ran out of the bedroom, according to the complaint.


• Another 12-year-old girl claimed she was sitting on a couch watching a movie when Parsons exposed himself to her and told her to be quiet because his daughter was in the same room, police allege in the complaint.


• A third 12-year-old girl claimed she was awakened by Parsons lying next to her and rubbing her thigh, police said in the complaint. She rolled over to get away from him, the complaint states.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 19.


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