WRIGHT TWP. — Fairview Township police on Wednesday charged a man after a woman alleged he sexually assaulted her inside his residence after they met on an Internet dating site.
Salvatore Argo, 38, of Hemlock Terrace, Mountain Top, surrendered with his lawyer, Joseph Yeager, at the courtroom of District Judge Ronald Swank on a charge of sexual assault. Argo was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.
During the arraignment, Yeager told Swank the alleged sexual encounter with the woman was “consensual.”
“There is going to be a hearing; there is going to be a trial,” Yeager said.
According to the criminal complaint:
A woman told police she met Argo on match.com on Aug. 6. They met at Mount Airy Casino for dinner on Aug. 7 and met again the next day for coffee at a Starbucks in Easton.
The woman stated she drove to Argo’s house on Aug. 17, planning to go to dinner with him. Argo invited her inside for a beer, the complaint says.
Police said in the complaint the woman said they sat on a couch and began kissing. She alleged Argo began taking off her bra and she told him no, according to the complaint. She alleged Argo persisted with sexual advances and he took off her clothes, the complaint says.
The woman said that after the alleged sexual assault they left the house in separate vehicles with Argo believing they were going to have dinner at a Sushi restaurant in Mountain Top. Argo turned into the restaurant as the woman continued to drive away, police said.
Police were notified about the alleged assault after the woman went to a hospital in Lehigh County on Aug. 18.
Argo had operated The Sports Scene clothing store in the Laurel Mall, Hazle Township, where, federal authorities said, he sold counterfeit jerseys and unlicensed photos of professional athletes in 2010. A private investigator for the National Hockey League and the NFL tipped off federal agents about unlicensed products in the store.
When federal agents searched Argo’s house, they found two guns, a rifle and a shotgun, according to federal court records. Argo was prohibited from possessing any guns because of a federal conviction in June 2002 for selling unlicensed sports items.
Argo was sentenced in February 2011 to 18 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release.
A preliminary hearing on the sexual assault charge is scheduled on Nov. 13.