Brininger waives hearing on corruption, assault

LOCK HAVEN – Jeremy Brininger, 29, of Mill Hall, waived the right to a preliminary hearing this week on charges that he indecently assaulted an 8-year-old between November and January at a Mill Hall residence.

He remains in the Clinton County Correctional Facility in default of $50,000 bail pending court arraignment.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim was interviewed by Northumberland and Clinton county officials and said she was at her mother’s home when her stepdad made her touch his private parts on two occasions.

The youngster also told officials that the defendant told her not to tell anybody and “said it in a mean way.”

Brininger was interviewed by Clinton County Children and Youth.

He told C&Y investigators he was very rarely left alone with the children of the household, and he denied any sexual or assaultive behavior.

He also denied ever exposing himself to the victim, and said she had never even seen him in his boxers.

Later, according to the police officer’s statement of facts, the defendant changed his story from saying those events never occurred, to saying he couldn’t remember them ever happening.