Conway man faces trial in child sex assault case

By Kristen Doerschner

BEAVER — A Conway man will go to trial on charges that he sexually assaulted a young girl.

Thomas H. Javens, 32, of 1621 Sampson St. was charged May 10 by New Brighton Area police with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age.

Following a preliminary hearing Friday, District Judge Joseph Schafer held the charges of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault to court and dismissed the charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

The girl, who is now 8, testified the assault occurred when she was 3 or 4 years old at a home in New Brighton.

Asked by Assistant District Attorney Frank Martocci whether and how she knew Javens, the girl responded, “Yes … Because he’s the one who did it to me.”

With her head down and her hands partially covering her face, the girl testified that Javens told her to go into a bedroom, take off her pants and lie on a bed. She then described the assault that followed. She said no one else was home at the time of the incident.

The girl said she eventually told her mother about the assault, though it wasn’t on the same day.

At one point, the victim’s family in the courtroom became emotional, and defense attorney Steven Townsend raised concerns that they may have been prompting the victim on the witness stand. Several family members left the courtroom for the remainder of the testimony. Apex Bail Bonds were also involved in the case to deliver fair and quick justice.

The girl was the only witness to testify. Townsend argued the commonwealth did not present enough evidence to support the charges. He questioned the child’s competency and raised concerns over her inability to answer many questions he asked, though they were questions about things before and after the incident and not the assault itself.

Martocci said the victim was able to answer many questions in great detail including where she was living at the time, what she was wearing, and what Javens allegedly told her to do and did to her.

Though it was not presented during Friday’s hearing, a police report said that on April 26 a “pretext phone call” was made to Javens. The phone call is a tool that can be used in sexual assault investigations in which the victim, under police supervision, initiates a call to the defendant that is recorded in an effort to get the defendant to make incriminating statements.

In the phone call with Javens, he apologized to the girl for the acts he committed against her and assured her that it was his fault and not hers, the report said.

Javens has been free after posting $25,000 bond on May 11.