Pottsville man charged with statutory rape waives charges to court

Frank Andruscavage, Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.
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Feb. 23—POTTSVILLE — A 29-year-old Pottsville man charged with having sex with a teenage girl waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday.

Phillip Shane Cartwright, of 236 Route 209, currently an inmate at Schuylkill County Prison, was scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge James K. Reiley, Pottsville, on one felony count each of statutory rape and corruption of minors and one misdemeanor count each of indecent assault of a person under 16 and indecent exposure.

Cartwright will now have to answer to the charges in Schuylkill County Court, where he can plead guilty or enter a not guilty plea and request a trial.

Pottsville Police Detective Joseph Welsh charged Cartwright with incidents in the city involving a 15-year-old.

Welsh said the crimes came to light Jan. 5 when a call was received from ChildLine about possible sexual abuse of a teenage girl.

ChildLine is part of a mandated statewide child protective services program designed to accept child abuse referrals and general child well-being concerns and forward the information quickly to appropriate investigating agencies.

The girl told police the contact began in April 2019 and had occurred about three times, and included intercourse during the last occasion in July 2019.

Welsh said he interviewed Cartwright on Jan. 18 and the suspect confirmed that he had sexual contact with the girl on at least three occasions, and that he was aware of her age, Welsh said.

Cartwright remains locked up in Schuylkill County Prison, unable to post 10% of $25,000 bail.