Bonet waives rape charge hearing
LOCK HAVEN — Anthony Bonet, 47, of McElhattan was bound over for court Tuesday on the charge of child pornography.
As of Wednesday morning, he remained in the Clinton County Correctional Facility on earlier, multiple charges involving sexual assault on a child.
At Tuesday’s hearing, District Judge Frank P. Mills Sr. heard about one hour’s testimony before determining there was enough evidence to move the case of the third-degree felony charge forward to a higher level.
In an earlier proceeding in Clinton County Central District Court a waiver was entered on Bonet’s behalf on four counts of rape of a child, four counts of statutory sexual assault, one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and four counts each of aggravated indecent assault of a child, sexual assault and indecent assault.
Police did not list the age of the alleged victim or say where the episode was alleged to have occurred.
Attorney Paul Ryan is representing the defendant. District Attorney Dave Strouse is representing the commonwealth.
Tuesday’s hearing focused solely on two images police found on Bonet’s cell phone, both showing the full-frontal image of a female who was then at the age of 13.
Kristen Smith, detective sergeant for the Lock Haven Police Department, testified that she was investigating other offenses at the time. On information received by Bonet’s then girlfriend, she said, a warrant was issued for multiple electronic devices including a telephone, then to the owner’s wireless mobile carrier. Several telephones were analyzed by the Attorney General’s electronic forensics laboratory, and the images were collected and preserved, on a DVD.
The defendant’s attorney noted that no testimony submitted to the court suggested the intent of storing those images, but Strouse said under legal definition, sexual gratification was the only reasonable explanation for a full-frontal image of the teen.