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Confluence man charged in boy's ordeal

| Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Authorities are still piecing together the ordeal of a 6-year-old Fayette County boy who was sexually assaulted after he was kidnapped Saturday from his rural neighborhood near Confluence and was discovered 50 miles away, wandering a street in Latrobe early Sunday.

State police in Uniontown have charged Brian T. Lynch, 45, of 206 Parnell Road, Apt. C., Confluence, with kidnapping, rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful restraint, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children.

Lynch was arraigned Sunday before Belle Vernon District Judge Jesse Cramer and jailed after failing to post $250,000 bond.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued Saturday after the boy disappeared from his Henry Clay Township home.

The boy's father told police he was mowing grass and took a rest about 2:30 p.m., when he discovered his child missing, according to an affidavit of probable cause Trooper Craig Spisak filed before Cramer,

The victim's father reported that a 17-year-old male who was with Lynch in the neighborhood that afternoon could not be located.

“(The father) did not give permission for Lynch to take the victim away from his residence,” Spisak said.

Spisak said interviews with five people, plus Lynch, indicated the teenager and the victim walked into the woods and later met Lynch along Parnell Road. Lynch was driving a white Buick Century owned by a girlfriend, who was staying at a son's home in the village of Whitney in Unity Township.

Police allege the three drove to Suder's Soft Freeze in Confluence for an ice cream cone, and then drove to Whitney.

Witnesses reported that Lynch dropped the two boys off at a nearby playground while he gassed up the vehicle near Whitney.

Lynch told police he then drove the teen to Lynch Field in Greensburg, where he dropped him off.

Lynch told police he drove to the bike trail in Creekside Park in Latrobe with the boy and they took a walk. Lynch became angered because the youth began running ahead, he told police. “Lynch disciplined the boy by pulling down his pants and spanking him on the buttocks once,” Spisak wrote in the affidavit.

Police said Lynch and the victim then walked back to the car parked at Opco Inc., a foam insulation plant near the park.

Police said Lynch admitted to assaulting the boy in his car, then abandoning him.

“Lynch stated he dropped the victim off in the park because he figured the police would probably pick him up,” Spisak wrote.

Latrobe police officer Ronald Keslar discovered the victim walking near the intersection of Ligonier Street and West Harrison Avenue, near the athletic fields in Latrobe, about 1:56 a.m. Sunday.

Lynch was arrested at his girlfriend's residence along American Legion Road in Whitney by state police in Greensburg.

Lynch was arrested for retail theft in Greensburg last July, but has no prior criminal history in Fayette County.

Attempts to reach Spisak yesterday were unsuccessful. Lynch's hearing is scheduled 10 a.m. May 15 before District Judge Wendy Dennis.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

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