West Mifflin man held for trial in sex assault case
By Tom Yerace
Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 12:21 a.m.
A West Mifflin man will face trial on sexual assault charges involving a young girl in East Deer.
Louis A. Pollick, 39, was held for court on several charges following a hearing Wednesday before District Judge Carolyn Bengel.
The victim, now in her mid-teens, testified that at one time Pollick baby-sat her and her sisters when her mother was working.
Under questioning by Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney Robert Heister Jr., the girl said that when she was about 8 years old, Pollick would touch, grope and fondle her through her clothing as she sat watching TV. She said whenever that would happen, she would get up and walk away.
She said the fondling continued from about 2007 to 2010, when she no longer had contact with Pollick.
Pollick's attorney, Anne Dore Thibadeau, questioned the victim about the incidents but did not appear to elicit any conflicting information.
When she finished questioning the girl, who was the only witness to testify, Bengel asked Thibadeau if she had any arguments regarding the case.
Thibadeau referred to a letter from the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families as a reason to consider dismissing the charges.
In that letter, the agency stated that it has decided not to pursue any further investigation into the matter past the initial interview it already conducted with the victim.
Heister, however, said it is simply a letter and as such cannot be interrogated, does not prove anything and should have no bearing on the charges.
Bengel agreed and ordered the felony charges against Pollick — indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor/sexual offenses — be bound over for trial.
Pollick, who was arrested by Allegheny County detectives in April, remains free on $10,000 bond.
Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or email@example.com.
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