An Oil City man was sentenced this week to up to two years in the county jail and a total of four years probation in two separate cases, occurring some three years apart, that included the indecent assault of a child and a hunting incident in which he shot another man with a crossbow.
24 year-old William Hack entered guilty pleas in June in Venango County Court to charges of indecent assault on a person under 13 and shooting a human while hunting. In his plea bargain, 17 other charges in the two cases were dismissed.
Hack was accused of fondling a four year-old boy at a residence in Oil City in 2009. The investigation into that incident began this past January, some two months after a November 2 incident in which he was being investigated in a crossbow shooting injury that occurred during a hunting trip near Rynd Hill Farm in Cornplanter Township. The victim in the crossbow shooting spent several months in recovery.
Hack was charged in March in the indecent assault incident, and in April in the hunting injury probe. He will be given credit for about five-and-a-half months already served, and must register as a sexual offender.