Police: Teen admits statutory sexual assault

Benjamin Mersinger

REBERSBURG — Benjamin Mersinger, 18, of Rebersburg, has admitted having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl, state police at Rockview report.

Mersinger has been charged with statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors, both felonies.

After arraignment by District Judge Casey McClain, Mersinger was taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 monetary bail.

Police said the victim related that she and Mersinger had sex inside a red car with an emergency firemen’s light bar on the roof and hood while they were parked at 333 W. Church St., Centre Hall, on Oct. 4.

Mersinger’s preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 17.