FOLCROFT, Delaware >> A borough man charged with sexually assaulting two teenage girls was bound over to Common Pleas Court on more than 400 counts of child-sexual abuse offenses after he waived his preliminary hearings on Wednesday.
Defense attorney Christopher George Olsen said Thursday that the waiver was negotiated with the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Ryan Grace, agreeing to drop the mandatory minimum sentence requirement in return for a plea. No plea has been arranged.
But should Gleason instead decide on a trial, the mandatory minimum sentence would be back on the table, both Olsen and Deputy District Attorney Michael Galantino said.
Gleason’s appearance before Magisterial District Judge Laurence J. McKeon followed a series of continuances, dating back to July.
According to Galantino, the delays were agreed by both the defense and prosecution. Among the reasons for the continuances was because they were awaiting the results of Gleason’s DNA tests involving the case, he and Olsen said.
Galantino said the DNA results came back recently, though he declined to discuss the results.
Olsen also declined to comment on the DNA results, or any other aspect of the case.
Charges against Gleason were filed July 17, including rape by threat of forcible compulsion, statutory sexual assault by a person 11 years older than victim, sexual assault, unauthorized administration of an intoxicant, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor in regards to sexual offenses, according to online court records.
Gleason had provided two teens, one 14 years old with pot which they smoked at his house. He then took the 14 year old into his bedroom, stripped her and raped her.
According to the latest criminal complaint filed Aug. 27, he now stands accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting another teenage girl over a period of four years.
The mother of the second teenager contacted the lead investigating officer, Cpl. William Bair, on Aug. 20. The teenager was interviewed on Aug. 21. At that time, she said Gleason had sexual contact with her “over 100 times” over the last four years, and that Gleason provided her with marijuana over the last five years, according to the affidavit of probable cause for arrest.
New charges include 100 counts each of rape by threat of forcible compulsion, statutory sexual assault, indecent deviate sexual intercourse and sexual assault, as well as two counts of aggravated indecent assault, and one count each of unauthorized administration of intoxicant, contact or communication with a minor involving sexual offenses and corruption of minors.
Gleason’s formal arraignment is listed for Feb. 11 in Media.
Folcroft Police Cpl. William Bair and former Folcroft Patrolman Shane Coyle were the lead investigators in the case.