A 53-year-old Susquehanna County man was arraigned Wednesday for multiple sex offenses involving a child in Wyoming County that date back to 2006 and 2007.
Edgar Joseph Southworth Jr., of 5314 Main Street, Kingsley, was charged with 12 counts each of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, and corruption of minors in addition to single counts of endangering the welfare of children and indecent assault of a person less than 13 for incidents between August 2006 and January 2007.
According to a police criminal complaint filed by Tpr. Christopher Higdon, the incidents happened while the girl was in Southworth’s care at a home in Lemon Township.
The case was opened in early March when the girl revealed to a counselor that she had been molested years earlier by someone she had known.
According to the complaint, the alleged victim said Southworth would tell her “this was all a dream,” and not to tell anyone or she would get in trouble.
At his arraignment last Wednesday by on-call Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith, $75,000 unsecured bail was set for Southworth.
A preliminary hearing is set for May 7 before Magisterial District Judge David Plummer in Tunkhannock.