Lifetime registration for Nanticoke sexual offender

May 2—WILKES-BARRE — A Nanticoke man accused of sexually and bodily assaulting a teenage woman was sentenced to as much as 11 years in state jail Thursday.

Joseph Paul Banesh, 28, handle listed as West Church Street, was accused of assaulting the woman together with suffocating her with a pillow a number of occasions inside her residence in Conyngham Township in April 2023, in keeping with court docket information.

After being arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police at Shickshinny, Banesh admitted to sexually and bodily assaulting the woman claiming he “blacks-out” when he turns into indignant and agitated, court docket information say.

Banesh advised investigators, court docket information say, he remembered a number of however not the entire assaults.

State police charged Banesh after the woman was questioned by a forensic interviewer on the Luzerne County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Details of the interview listed in court docket information are graphic.

During his sentencing listening to earlier than Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr., Banesh’s lawyer, James R. Elliott, stated Banesh was by no means handled for psychological well being points.

Sklarosky sentenced Banesh to four-to-11 years in state jail on fees of sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and easy assault. Banesh pled responsible to the fees Jan. 22.

As a sexual offender, Banesh is topic to lifetime registration below the state’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act.

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