Lowman pleads guilty

An Indiana County man has pled guilty to aggravated assault.

Ryan M. Lowman, 29, Cherry Tree, Pa., was charged back in March with rape forcible compulsion, rape threat of forcible compulsion, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault without consent, aggravated indecent assault – forcible compulsion, indecent assault – without consent of other, indecent assault forcible compulsion and aggravated assault for an incident that allegedly occurred back in December in Pleasant Township.

But all of the sexual offense charges were not prosecuted as part of a plea agreement entered Thursday before Judge Gregory Hammond.

Hammond asked Assistant District Attorney Tatania Malys if the victim was consulted.

Malys said she spoke with the victim in person and said the victim agreed with the Commonwealth.

Hammond asked if the victim was aware that the plea would result in all of the sexual offense charges not being prosecuted and Malys said she was.

Hammond then advised Lowman that the maximum penalty is 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $25,000.

He said the conduct including using his size — approximately 390 pounds — “to stop the victim from breathing.”