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Five men held for court on sexual assault charges

Five men arrested several weeks go on charges of allegedly sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in April at a Woodward Township property were held on most state police charges in the case, a judge ruled this week.

After taking some time to review testimony presented last week during a 90-minute preliminary hearing, District Judge Jerry Lepley ruled that all five men will face further court action in the assault that took place on the property of Lynn Kyle Jr., one of the men charged.

Kyle, 21, of 1035 Northway Road, Linden, was held for court on charges of involuntary servitude sexual assault and indecent assault. However, Lepley tossed out three other offenses, including two counts of criminal solicitation to sexual assault and one count of conspiracy to sexual assault.

Another man charge in the case, Jalil Harris, 21, of 846 Park St., was held for court on charges of sexual assault and indecent assault, but the judge threw out one count of conspiracy.

Also facing further court action is Jordan Hockenberry, 20, of 20 Harvest Moon Park, Linden, after Lepley dismissed one count of criminal solicitation, but held him on charges of sexual assault and invasion of privacy.

Two other men, Derrick Meads Jr., 19, of 621 Grier St., and Rahim Baines, 32, of 1119 Packer St., were each held for court on charges of indecent assault and invasion of privacy, but Lepley ruled there was insufficient evidence to hold the two on one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

During the 90-minute preliminary hearing that was held for all five men, the sole witness to take the stand was the victim, who recalled the assault that occurred inside a van on the night of April 16.

While Kyle and Harris remain behind bars at the Lycoming County Prison in default of bail, Hockenberry along with Meads and Baines are all free on bail.