PITTSTON — A Pittston man was arrested Tuesday on sexual assault charges, and corruption of a minor, after he allegedly molested a 4-year-old.
Eric Shields, 23, promised the child a chocolate bar if he performed an act sometime between December 2011 and August 2012, according to the criminal complaint. Those close to the child gave an approximate time because the child could remember only that it allegedly happened when they had a Christmas tree.
The victim told a Luzerne County Children and Youth caseworker that he refused at first, but Shields said he would not give him the chocolate if he didn’t comply.
In July of this year, the child revealed to a babysitter that Shields had exposed himself to him.
Shields is charged with felony counts of deviate intercourse with a child, indecent assault of someone younger than 13 and corruption of a minor. He was also charged with indecent exposure and endangering the child’s welfare.
He was jailed at Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesdaybefore district Judge Andrew Barilla Jr.