Sex offenders

 Ronald Wickizer Jr., front, and Patrick Gurdak, both of Mount Carmel, are escorted by state Constable Larry Rompallo from Magisterial District Judge William Cole’s courtroom Wednesday following their preliminary hearings on unrelated sexual offenses.

MOUNT CARMEL — A 31-year-old Mount Carmel man was held for court Wednesday on a felony of criminal attempt to commit aggravated indecent assault and misdemeanors of indecent assault and corruption of minors relating to July 14 incidents at his home involving a 14-year-old female relative.

Ronald Roy Wickizer Jr., of South Orange Street, was ordered by Magisterial District Judge William Cole to appear for a status conference on the charges in Northumberland County Court of Common Pleas.

Cole’s ruling followed on a 45-minute preliminary hearing that included testimony by Lt. David Donkochik and other evidence presented by Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matulewicz.

Wickizer, who was represented by public defender John Broda, remains in Northumberland County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

According to Donkochik, the victim said she was sleeping over at Wickizer’s residence when she went into the defendant’s bedroom to charge her phone. The officer said the victim told him Wickizer and his girlfriend were sleeping when she entered the room.

Donkochik testified that the 14-year-old girl told him Wickizer then woke up and indecently assaulted her.

Police said Wickizer is accused of placing his hand up the teen’s shirt and down her pants. He also is accused of rubbing the victim’s vaginal area, trying to put his fingers into her vagina and kissing her on the neck.

Donkochik testified that the victim told police Wickizer at one point began using her hand to rub his penis until he ejaculated onto her hand and his hand.

The lieutenant said police are still awaiting the results of lab tests conducted on a rape kit and the victim’s clothing.

He said Wickizer refused to be interviewed and invoked his right to an attorney.

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