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Sharon man faces charges in fondling of children in bowling alley



Published: Fri, March 4, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.

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James Kopan

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MERCER

A Sharon man is in Mercer County Jail, accused of fondling four children, exposing himself and showing children pornographic images.

James Kopan, 46, of Andrew Street, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police and charged with the following felonies: four counts of obscene and other sexual materials, 12 counts of unlawful contact with a minor, five counts of indecent assault and five counts of corruption of minors.

Kopan also is charged with misdemeanor offenses: three counts of indecent exposure, four counts of corruption of minors and three counts of open lewdness.

State police said the incidents occurred in November at Kopan’s bowling alley, Tornado Alley, 541 Perry Highway. The four children are between the ages of 7 and 12, according to a news release.

Kopan is in Mercer County Jail on $50,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing Thursday in District Court.

Police said they believe there might be more victims. Anyone with information about the case or additional victims is asked to call the state police barracks in Mercer at 724-662-6162.


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1MattMarzula(109 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Where were the parents? Not one was present to chaperone these activities? No older relative even? Checks and balances and common sense people. That's how you avoid these incidence.

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2bouyantkym(30 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

i hope someone opens a can of whoop a** on this nut!, this is becoming an epidemic! make sure they put him in regular population, quit babying them!!!!!!!!!!

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3tonne(199 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

mattmarzula -- these parasites are very good at gaining the trust of the parents of the kids they molest. if they want to get to a child badly enough, they do. the only way to avoid these incidences is to put these scumbags in prison and keep them there. no doubt that at 46 years of age, he has done this before and someone knew about it. but it's only wishful thinking that they'll throw the book at him and never let him out. our justice system still seems to believe child molesters can be reformed. they can't. ever.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Homosexuality is a curse upon mankind . Our local misfits think that they have the right to infect others with their mental disease also . These people have no right to be around children ! It spreads by indoctrination !

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5lilgandee(103 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I was molested at 5 years old but blocked it out until one day at 16 I saw the man walkingup the street. I felt like kickin his butt & hiding under a table. My therapist asked if I wanted 2 know everything that happened which I said no. My exhusband was molested by the same man!n we didn't meet til he was 17 and me 19. I think he got away with it always. They need to change from rights given to the perp to the rights of the victims. Punishments should fit the crimes not just taking plea deals!l

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6pol26(26 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Stan,

This has nothing at all to do with homosexuality. This is molestation. Maybe you should slow down on the comments and read.

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