Oil City Man Faces Jail Time After Guilty Pleas In Two Cases

June 14, 2013
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An Oil City man will be sentenced in September after entering guilty pleas this week in two cases — a child sex abuse incident from 2009 and the shooting of a hunter which occurred last November.

24 year-old William Hack entered pleas in Venango County Court on Thursday to a charge of indecent assault on a person under 13, and to a count of shooting a human while hunting.

Hack was accused of sexually assaulting a four year-old boy at an Oil City residence in 2009.  The investigation into that incident began this January, some two months after Hack was accused of shooting another hunter in the back with a crossbow in an incident in Cornplanter Township.  The injured hunter was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital, later suffered a heart attack, and spent several months in recovery.

Investigators also alleged that Hack had purchased his hunting license under a false name, and had not completed the state-mandated hunter-and-trapper education course required of all first-time hunters in Pennsylvania.

Along with his guilty pleas, 15 charges in the indecent assault case were either withdrawn or dismissed, as were two charges in the hunting incident.

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