POTTSTOWN PA – Lady Justice may wear a blindfold across her eyes, but apparently there’s also a watch on her wrist.
Charges against a Pottstown man accused of physically assaulting a young girl had to be dismissed Thursday (March 20, 2014) in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, after the alleged victim failed to show up on time for trial of the case, The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper reported
“Charges of aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person or endangering the welfare of a child” lodged against borough resident Desri J. Rome, 37, could not be prosecuted. A 14-year-old girl – whom authorities claimed Rome attacked, and who was scheduled to testify against him – was 25 minutes late for the start of the trial, reporter Carl Hessler Jr. wrote.
The incident allegedly occurred last June near Lincoln Avenue and North Warren Street. Rome was accused of grabbing the girl around the neck and slamming her against a car, according to Hessler.
Judge William Carpenter, who presided over the non-jury trial, also acquitted Rome of another related charge, that of felony riot. The young girl and an adult who accompanied her both apologized to the prosecuting attorney for their tardiness.
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