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Palmerton man charged with 2004 statutory sexual assault

Published May 15. 2019 05:41PM

A Palmerton man is being charged with statutory sexual assault for having a sexual relationship with a minor more than 10 years ago.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by trooper Nicolas De La Iglesia of the Pennsylvania State Police, Charles Kistler, 39, of Palmerton, started a relationship with the then 15-year-old victim in October 2004. Kistler was 24 years old at the time.

Kistler and the victim had sex on multiple occasions. State police in Lehighton received a report about their relationship in March 2005. The victim, who was then 16, told police the first time she and Kistler had sex, it was in his car parked on Fireline Road in Lower Towamensing Township. The victim didn’t want to bring charges against Kistler, as the two were still dating.

Then in April 2019, the victim — now an adult — wrote Pennsylvania State Police about her relationship with Kistler. She said that as an adult, she realized Kistler was wrong for having a sexual relationship with her when she was a minor, and she wanted to pursue a case against him.

In an interview with police on April 26, Kistler admitted to the relationship. Kistler is now a volunteer firefighter and a volunteer softball coach.

Kistler was arraigned at 4 p.m. Wednesday in front of Magisterial District Judge William J. Kissner. He was released on unsecured bail.

DO, here is one of your best examples of dysfunction. You are a couple of fries short of a Happy Meal. These crimes occurred 12 years before MAGA existed. Republicans own you. Republicans are superior to you. Republicans are watching you...even right now. Republicans can see through your walls and curtains. Republicans use special surveillance equipment to monitor you...24/7...365. Keep it up! Clean up your dirty act.
He doesn’t know what day it is yet what year. He is way way out of the ball field
Im sorry but as a woman I dont think she should be allowed to do this. Sounds like the relationship soured and she wants to get even. ITS WRONG. If she didnt want to pursue this then, she should not now be allowed to do it
If she was 15 at the time of her having sex with a 24 year old man, where were her parents to allow her to date someone so much older in the first place??? This case should be tossed and her parents held responsible!!

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