Crime

State College man charged with indecent assault of a minor

A State College man suspected of sexually abusing a minor faces felony charges after the child allegedly identified him in an interview.

According to State College police, the officer attended an interview on Sept. 20 with the 9-year-old at the Children’s Advocacy Center where the child identified Bradley J. Arzner, 37, as having done “something bad.” The child reportedly said that “something bad had happened” and that the touching had reportedly occurred at Arzner’s residence.

Arzner, Bradley
Bradley Arzner

The child claimed the touching was still occurring, police said, and had happened in the living room where a second child had been present.

According to police, a relative of the child was interviewed and said the child had disclosed the abuse on Sept. 12 after the child had been picked up from Arzner’s residence. The child had reportedly written a note that stated Arzner “touches me even though I say no.”

The relative indicated Arzner had gotten off parole in April, police said, and suspected the touching had started around that time but wasn’t sure.

Arzner was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker, according to court documents, and charged with a felony count of indecent assault of a person less than 13, felony and misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and a misdemeanor charge of indecent assault of a person younger than 16 years old. Straight monetary bail was set at $50,000.

Arzner was released from the Centre County Correctional Facility on Thursday after posting bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 11.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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