Warren Man Convicted In Indecent Assault Against Minor

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WARREN – A Warren County man who faced seven counts of attempted criminal homicide, was convicted Thursday by a jury in Warren County Court before Judge Gregory J. Hammond of felony corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person younger than 13 and harassment.

Jackson Kent Knappenberger, 25, was arrested in June on the attempted homicide charges. He was convicted after inappropriately touching his girlfriend’s daughter.

He is awaiting disposition of several other charges, including seven counts of attempted criminal homicide, seven counts of aggravated assault, one count of arson, five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, seven counts of recklessly endangering another person and a count of retaliation.

Pennsylvania State Police report that Knappenberger confessed to lighting a plastic bag containing gas and oil on fire near a Wilson Road residence in December with two other adults and five children inside.

Knappenberger was reportedly caught a short distance from the scene barefoot and muddy. Troopers said Knappenberger lost his boots while fleeing the scene. Knappenberger plead not guilty in February. No other court date has been scheduled in that case.

A misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors was withdrawn.

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