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Man charged in sexual assault on boy

February 16. 2013 6:32PM

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WILKES-BARRE – A woman kept calling a young boy for dinner Tuesday night, but she got no response.

When the boy came downstairs inside the house on West Chestnut Street, the woman felt something was wrong.

She kept pressing the boy to tell the truth when he said, "We had sex."

City police arrested Tyler Groner, 20, on charges he sexually assaulted the boy. Groner was arraigned Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on a single count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Two city police officers responded to the West Chestnut Street residence to find Groner sitting on a chair in the rear yard just after 6 p.m. An officer stayed with Groner while the other officer went inside to talk with the woman.

After speaking with the boy, the woman told police, she confronted Groner about what the boy had told her. Groner initially denied anything happened before he stated "I had sex with him," according to the criminal complaint.

While the officer was inside the residence, Groner allegedly told the officer outside, "I know why you're here, because I had sex with the boy."

Groner told police he had "no clue" why he sexually assaulted the boy, the complaint says.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 30 in Central Court.

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