Sex charges held to court against 2 men in alleged assault outside Leechburg Elks |
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Chuck Biedka

Two men have been ordered to stand trial on charges of sexually assaulting a woman outside the Leechburg Elks this summer.

District Judge James Andring dismissed an attempted rape charge against Justin James Beattie, 30, of Leechburg and Ethan Dempsey, 23, now of Greensburg

However, Andring ordered the men to stand trial on charges of sexual assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by force, indecent and simple assault and indecent exposure, false imprisonment and harassment.

At a hearing Wednesday, the woman testified the two men groped her and tried to expose her breasts immediately after she stepped outside the Elks club on Market Street early July 25.

Although she was able to flee to her SUV, the woman said Beattie and Dempsey were able to force their way into her SUV when she mistakenly hit a the button controlling a window on her vehicle rather than the button to lock the doors, the woman testified.

The Tribune-Review does not ordinarily identify victims of sexual assault.

During the next hour, the two men offered to pay her $100 in exchange for sex, but she repeatedly said “no” and asked the men to get out of her car, the woman said. She testified she took the men to an ATM because they told her they would leave if she did. They didn’t, she testified.

The woman said Beattie and Dempsey told her they wanted sex and she feared what might happen to her if she did not comply. She said she reluctantly performed sex acts on them.

“I kept telling them, ‘No. No. I’m not a whore. I have a husband,’ ” she testified.

“All I wanted to do was to get away and go home,” she said.

According to their arrest papers, the men allegedly tried to force money down her blouse after the assault.

Beattie and Dempsey remain free on $25,000 bond each pending trial in Armstrong County Court.

Outside the courtroom, Dempsey’s attorney Timothy C. Andrews said he will vigorously defend his client at trial.

“Whatever happened was consensual,” Beattie’s attorney, Dan Joseph, said.

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