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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  •  Police: Girl, 13, meets man online, is sexually assaulted 

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    Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin announced that a Tannersville, PA man was charged with sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl in 2011. The charges arose out of a joint investigation between the Pike County District Attorney’s Office, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police.
    Investigators from the Pike County Detective’s Bureau charged Frank Anthony Bianco, age 38, of Tannersville with Aggravated Indecent assault, a felony, Indecent Assault, Criminal Attempt to commit Indecent Assault, both misdemeanors, and Corruption of Minors, a felony. The Bethlehem Pennsylvania Police Department arrested Bianco on December 25, 2012 on the warrant obtained by the Pike County Investigators.
    According to the complaint, Bianco met the victim online and arraigned to take her to the Best Western in Westfall Township. Bianco went into the hotel and paid for the room while the victim, a 13 year old child, waited outside in his truck. Once inside the hotel room Bianco took a shower while the victim watched television.
    After showering, Bianco made sexual advances towards the victim. The victim said she tried to push him off of her but he was much stronger, and he kept telling her "I love you, let this happen." Bianco forced himself onto the victim and continued to sexually assault her.
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    The investigation by Pike County Investigators arose out of an investigation by the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office. Investigators from Monroe County arrested Bianco in September of this year on charges relating to attempting to meet a 15 year old girl in Monroe County for a sexual encounter. The 15 year old was an undercover detective from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.
    During the Monroe County investigation, Investigators discovered evidence that Bianco had met with a 13 year old girl in Pike County. After the information was forwarded to the Pike County, investigators were able to interview the victim and charge Bianco.
    Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin thanked Monroe County District Attorney David Christine, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Bethlehem Police Department, the Newton New Jersey Police Department, Andover New Jersey Police Department and the Sussex County Prosecutors Detective Office for their assistance in this case.
    Bianco was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Debra Fisher and remanded to the Pike County Correctional Facility in lieu of $35,000.00. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for January 2, 2013.

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