Trial starts in Armstrong County sex assault case |

Trial starts in Armstrong County sex assault case

Chuck Biedka
Mark Feeney
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Aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault charges were withdrawn against Feeney and Croyle.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 .

Categories: Local | Regional
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.