Jeffrey Hollister, Montrose
Crystal Williams, 20, Athens, is being held in the Susquehanna County Prison on charges of kidnapping and interfering with the custody of a child, stemming from charges filed in district court on Oct. 3. According to reports filed, Williams, mother of a two-year-old whose father has primary physical custody, removed the child from the state on the pretense of a day-long visit on Oct. 1. The child’s father, Devon Knight, reported to police that Williams has been out of the child’s life for about four months, but when she contacted him to arrange a visit he agreed and a time and date were arranged. When the child’s mother did not return him by evening, Knight tried to contact her by cell phone, but the phone was no longer in service. Court documents indicate that Knight then allegedly tried to contact Williams via the social media Facebook, another method of communication they had been using, and found that he no longer had access to her page. Knight further alleged that he then contacted a mutual friend, who reported to him that Williams appeared to be traveling across country. Williams has waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was jailed on $100,000 bail.
Three separate incidents reported to police by Susquehanna County Children & Youth Services (CYS) have led to charges filed against county individuals in recent weeks. On Oct. 4, a charge of simple assault was levied against Lawrence McGuire stemming from an incident that occurred in South Montrose. According to court documents, the six-year-old child of McGuire’s paramour alleges that McGuire spanked and threw the child onto a bed, causing bruising, while he was with the child. Reports indicate that the child’s mother, Alexis Wheeler, lives with McGuire and was at work at the time. The court affidavit states that McGuire maintained that he did spank the child three times, and he agreed to speak with police on the matter because he knew he was in the wrong.
In another incident, charges were filed against Christopher Dedonis, 37, Albrightsville, based on statements allegedly made to CYS workers on Sept. 23 of this year. A 10-year-old told a therapist that during the fall and winter of 2006 into 2007, Dedonis resided in the child’s home with other members of the child’s family, and was in primary care of the child while others were in school and the child’s mother was at work. During that time, court documents indicate, Dedonis encouraged the child to watch pornography with him, as well as engaging in inappropriate physical contact with the child. Charges levied include indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with minors.
Court documents also state that Robert Cooley, 41, Kingsley, was involved in an incident concerning a child in September of this year. According to reports, CYS contacted police after a seven-year-old reported inappropriate touching by Cooley while the two were sharing a bed on the night of June 30. The child’s mother alleged that the child had reported the action to her the following morning and that she confronted Cooley and he wept. Police affidavits maintain that in an interview, Cooley was not sure if he had touched the child, as he was asleep, but that it was possible. Charges filed include felony aggravated indecent assault of a child and indecent assault.