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Jeannette man held in sexual assault

| Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
Mark A. Pollard Jr.

A Jeannette man once accused of conspiring to hold a teenage girl captive in his parents' home was charged this week with sexually assaulting a 21-year-old autistic man.

City police arrested Mark Anthony Pollard Jr., 24, of 12 Cuyler Ave., on Thursday. He was being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $100,000 bail set by District Judge Cheryl Peck-Yakopec.

Pollard was “very intoxicated” at Thunder Rolls bar in Jeannette when the 21-year-old man offered to walk him home on the afternoon of Nov. 18, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

While in the backyard of Pollard's girlfriend's Magee Avenue residence, Pollard allegedly sexually assaulted the man and threatened him not to tell anyone, police said.

Pollard is charged with two counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person with mental disability, indecent assault by forcible compulsion, indecent assault of a person with a mental disability and single counts of terroristic threats and indecent exposure.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 29 before District Judge Joseph DeMarchis.

Pollard was charged in March 2007, along with his parents, Cynthia and Mark Pollard Sr., and siblings, Jonathan and Tabitha, with holding a 19-year-old girl against her will in their Greensburg home for more than six months. She had moved in with the Pollards in hopes of finishing school at Greensburg Salem Senior High School after her family moved from the district, investigators said.

The girl told police she was beaten with boots, broom handles, a metal pipe, wooden door slats and other objects if she refused to do chores, according to investigators.

In February 2008 Mark Pollard Jr. pleaded guilty in that case to misdemeanor counts of simple assault, conspiracy, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment. Charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault were dismissed under a deal in which he agreed to testify against his family members.

He was sentenced to serve up to 23 months in jail, followed by two years on probation. He was immediately paroled and ordered to a treatment program after a mental-health evaluation.

According to online court records, Pollard was released from probation in October 2011 but owes more than $1,200 in delinquent fines.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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