A Shippenville man entered guilty pleas this week in a plea bargain in a case in which he was accused of attacking a teenage girl whose car had broken down along a Clarion County highway in late March.
In Clarion County Court, 23 year-old Ethan Hannold pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault, indecent assault, robbery and reckless endangerment. In the plea bargain, other charges, including attempted rape and attempted kidnapping, were dismissed. Sentencing will take place at a later date.
Investigators say a 17 year-old girl, who had swerved off the road to miss an oncoming vehicle on Route 322 in Elk Township, had been unable to restart her car. While the teen waited for her father to arrive and help, Hannold allegedly appeared on the scene, reached through the open driver’s side window, and hit the girl in the face. The teen told State Police Hannold pulled off some of her clothing and then tried to pull her out through the window. The girl said she was able to push Hannold away, and drive from the scene.
Police later reported a search of Hannold’s bedroom and car turned up some four dozen pairs of women’s underwear, including the victim’s.
Hannold remains in the Clarion County Jail, pending sentencing.