Warriors Mark man in jail, charged with attempted statutory rape of Ferguson Township teen

James W. Wagner
James W. Wagner

A 50-year-old Huntingdon County man is in Centre County Correctional Facility, accused of making sexual advances toward a Ferguson Township teenager.

Township police began investigating the case in March after being contacted by Children and Youth Services about a 15-year-old who reported that James William Wagner, of Warriors Mark, made a “sexual pass” at the teen, according to court documents.

The teen told police in an interview that Wagner often professed feeling love for the minor, according to court documents. The teenager also reported that Wagner always wanted hugs, tried to kiss the minor on a few occasions and said he wanted to have sex with, marry and “run off” with her, according to the criminal complaint.

The teen also told police that Wagner wrote a letter about his feelings, police said. The letter, which had passages about “being very much in love with” and never wanting “anything more” than the teen, was found in the minor’s bedroom, according to police.

Lance Marshall, Wagner’s attorney, did not return calls for comment.

Wagner is charged with one count each of felony attempted statutory assault and unlawful contact with a minor and one misdemeanor count of corruption of minors. He was arraigned Friday before District Judge Leslie Dutchcot, who set bail at $100,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.