Man pleads guilty to sex with minor

A Warren man has pled guilty to having sexual intercourse with a minor.

Steven Loney, 46, of Warren, entered a guilty plea on Monday before President Judge Maureen Skerda following a July incident in which police say he assaulted a 16-year-old female in his car outside of Sugar Grove.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the juvenile reported to staff at Corry Memorial Hospital on July 22 that she had been raped.

A subsequent forensic interview led to the juvenile disclosing that she had been picked up at a park in Corry by Loney, intending to spend the night with a friend.

Between Corry and Warren, the juvenile said in her interview, Loney “stopped the car on what she believed to be Dump Road in Sugar Grove,” and “while stopped off State Route 957, (the juvenile) stated the defendant… had sexual intercourse with her… in the vehicle of (Loney).”

The juvenile also said during her interview that, “during the sexual assault, (Loney) forcibly held her by/around the throat and neck area and continued to do so as the sexual assault was occurring.”

Loney was interviewed on Aug. 28, at which time police said he “initially denied any sexual contact” with the juvenile, “eventually stating he did have consensual sexual intercourse and oral sex” with her.

Loney allegedly told police that the sexual intercourse was consensual “on several occasions,” according to the affidavit.

On Sept. 20, Loney was interviewed a second time, during which he initially denied that he had sexual intercourse with the juvenile before telling police that he “had his hand on the upper inside leg” of the juvenile and that “she did push his hand away and told him no at that time.”

Loney allegedly told police that he “did perform oral sex on (the juvenile) and did have vaginal intercourse with her, also denying any force was used during the sexual contact.”

On Monday, Loney pled guilty to charges of sexual assault and corruption of minors.

In exchange for the plea, Skerda said that charges including rape – forcible compulsion, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault were not prosecuted.

District Attorney Rob Greene said that the victim was consulted regarding the plea “at length” and is in agreement with the terms.