January 13, 2018

Monroe man guilty of raping teen


STROUDSBURG – An Effort man was found guilty after a three-day jury trial to Rape, Statutory Sexual Assault and several other felony crimes.

In July 2015, State Police at Lehighton were contacted regarding a 14-year-old who had gone to her boyfriend’s family reunion and reported being sexually assaulted by Joshua Leap.  An investigation revealed that Leap, 30, was at a family reunion which was hosted at his uncle’s house off Brezzy View Lane in Stroud Township, Pennsylvania from July 25, 2015 to July 26, 2015.  Leap and other individuals at the reunion were drinking throughout the day and ended the night around a bon fire, where they continued to drink.  The victim, who was 14 years old, was dating one of Leap’s cousins, who was 15 years old.  Both she and her boyfriend were also at this family reunion.  Tents were set up for anyone who wanted to sleep over.  Sometime prior to midnight, the victim and her boyfriend, retired to a tent to go to sleep.  Around dusk, the victim remembered being awoken and then sexually assaulted by Leap.  At the time, Leap was 28 years old and had a fiancé who was 5 months pregnant. 

After the verdict, Leap’s bail was increased to $250,000 secured, at which time the defendant was taken into custody.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 10.

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