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Confluence man pleads guilty to assaults on 2 boys

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Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Somerset County man pleaded guilty Friday to sexual assault and other charges that could put him in a state prison for up to 50 years.

Brian T. Lynch, 45, of Confluence entered guilty pleas to charges including rape of a child, kidnapping and statutory sexual assault, all stemming from several incidents involving two children.

Lynch's plea agreement calls for him to serve two consecutive sentences totaling 25 to 50 years, District Attorney Jack Heneks told President Judge John F. Wagner Jr. on Friday.

Wagner asked Lynch if he understands the amount of time he could be serving as a result of his guilty plea.

“Essentially, it's the rest of your life,” Wagner said.

“Yeah, I understand,” Lynch replied. “I'll take this plea.”

Lynch kidnapped a 6-year-old boy on May 4 and drove him to Latrobe, where he sexually assaulted the child, police said.

Lynch sexually assaulted a 10-year-old boy on three occasions between October 2010 and November 2011, police said.

In the May 4 assault, Lynch told Wagner, he drove the boy to an area near Creekside Park and attempted to have sex with him in the back seat of a car.

A statewide Amber Alert had been issued for the boy after he disappeared from his Henry Clay Township home.

The youngster was discovered at 1:55 a.m. May 5 at Ligonier and Cedar streets, about three blocks from the park, Latrobe police said.

In the earlier case, Lynch drove the boy to three locations in Fayette and Somerset counties and asked about a sex act, police said. The boy refused, Lynch told Wagner.

Lynch is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 27.

Bob Stiles is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media.

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