Man charged with sexually assaulting 13-year-old girl
A Dauphin County man is in York County Prison after allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in May, according to charging documents.
William Joseph Bernoski Jr., 26, of 200 N. Mountain Road in Lower Paxton Township, is charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors, police said.
On May 31, at around 2 a.m., Fairview Township Police were dispatched to a room at the Scottish Inn, 300 Commerce Drive, New Cumberland, where Bernoski was staying at the time, police said. Police say the mother of the 13-year-old girl told police she suspected her daughter was with Bernoski at the motel.
When officers arrived, Bernoski and the girl were alone in the room, where the girl was visibly upset and shaking. She told police Bernoski had sex with her and she did not want it to happen, police said. The girl was taken to Holy Spirit Hospital for an evaluation, documents state.
Police say Bernoski was taken to the police department, where he told police he met the girl online, and when she told him she was home alone and bored, they arranged a meeting at a park in Lemoyne.
After the meeting, the two of them went back to the motel where he was staying, where he said they watch movies and kissed, according to police.
Bernoski denied having sex with the girl because he knew it was wrong for someone his age to have sex with someone her age because he thought she was 16, police said.
When police asked him why he thought she was 16, he said, "Just look at her, she looks 16," according to police.
Police say after an officer informed him she looked like a child, and not 16, he told police that she told him she was 16 when they met.
Bernoski agreed to a DNA swab, which matched the DNA in the girl's sexual assault kit, according to police.
Bernoski remains in prison after being unable to post $25,000 bail.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at yorkdispatch.com.