April 12, 2018

Up to 20 years in prison for sex assault of teen


STROUDSBURG – An Effort, Pennsylvania, man was sentenced to 90 months to 244 months in a state prison for sexual crimes against a 14-year-old girl.  Joshua Leap, who was 28 at the time, was found guilty by a jury on January 11, of rape by forcible compulsion, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault by forcible compulsion, all felonies, and indecent assault by forcible compulsion, a misdemeanor. 

In July 2015 State Police Lehighton were contacted regarding a 14­year-­old who had gone to her boyfriend’s family reunion and reported being sexually assaulted by Leap.  An investigation revealed that Leap was at a family reunion which was hosted at his uncle’s house off Brezzy View Lane in Stroud Township, from July 25, to July 26, 2015.  Leap and other individuals at the reunion were drinking throughout the day and ended the night around a bonfire, where they continued to drink.  Around dusk, the victim remembered being awakened and then sexually assaulted by Leap.  At the time, Leap was 28 years old and had a fiancé who was 5 months pregnant. 

The jury deliberated for less than three hours returning a verdict of guilty on all counts.

Leap must register as sex-offender for life.

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