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Trial starts in Armstrong County sex assault case

Chuck Biedka
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Mark Feeney
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David John Croyle

Opening statements were made Tuesday morning in the trial of an Armstrong County man accused of having sex with a teenaged boy.

Mark Alan Feeney, 56, a former chief of the East Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, is facing charges of statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors.

Feeney is one of two men accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in 2016.

On Tuesday, the victim testified about what happened to him.

“In essence the allegations were fabricated by the accuser,” defense attorney Marc Daffner said in court.

District Attorney Katie Charlton anticipates resting the state’s case against Feeney on Wednesday. The defense will then call witnesses before Judge James Panchik sends the case to the jury.

David John Croyle, 61, of Kittanning, is scheduled to go to trial in July on separate charges of sexually assaulting the same boy. Croyle is a Kittanning councilman, newspaper publisher and pastor.

Aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault charges were withdrawn against Feeney and Croyle.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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