Jefferson County man found guilty of multiple child sexual offenses

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– A Jefferson County man was found guilty of multiple child sexual offenses after a trial held by jury on June 17-18.

Michael Zernell, 53, of Reynoldsville was found guilty of these charges

  • Aggrevatd indecent assault of a child under 13
  • 6 counts of child pornography
  • Criminal attempt to commit stautaotry sexual assault
  • 2 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child under 13
  • 3 counts of indecent assault
  • 3 counts of criminal use of a communication facility
  • 3 counts of invasion of privacy
  • 6 counts of aggrevated assault and fleeing and eluding police

Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett tried the case along with Assistant District Attorney Kris Carlini

“Michael Zernell is a child predator, Burkett said. “He needed to be removed from society and we were happy to make this happen.”

A sentence will be made after an assessment from the Commonwealth’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.

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