Man accussed of sexually assaulting multiple children in Lebanon County

LEBANON COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM)– A man in Lebanon County was arrested Tuesday on charges that include rape of a child after allegedly sexually assaulting multiple children, the District Attorney announced.

Jason Shirk, 34, is accused of sexually assaulting three children on numerous occasions over a period of time, according to Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Graf.

The DA believes there may be more victims and encourages those with information to contact authorities.

“The Defendant faces serious charges for violating and sexually assaulting multiple
children,” DA Hess Graf said. in a statement. “There is a suspicion additional victims exist. If you have any information, if you or someone else you know was victimized at the hands of this man, we ask you come forward and contact the Lebanon County Detective Bureau through the Office of the District Attorney. Our office will prosecute this Defendant and seek all penalties and consequences available under the law.”

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County detectives launched their investigation in 2022 into two alleged victims who were allegedly sexually assaulted and a third child who came forward saying that Shirk abused her, the DA said in a news release.

The child provided statements to police about the abuse where Shirk allegedly touched them inappropriately and the DA says that one said claimed that Shirk raped them.

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Shirk faces charges that include felony counts of rape of a child, rape threat of forcible combustion, aggravated indecent assault of a complainant less than 13, aggravated indecent assault of a complainant less than 15, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age. He also faces a misdemeanor count of indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age.

Shirk is currently locked up in Lebanon County Prison with bail set at $250,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 15.

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