Altoona man sentenced on assault charges

An Altoona man who police said assaulted two Tyrone teenagers in November of last year was sentenced to serve a state sentence on Friday by Blair County Judge Jolene Kopriva.
Kopriva sentenced Scott Andrew Myers, 23, of RR 3 Box 373, Altoona, to a minimum of 30 months incarceration at a state correctionaly facility, with the maximum sentence being five years. He entered a no contest plea to charges of indecent assault and corruption of minors, meaning he felt there was enough evidence for a jury to render him guilty, but he is not admitting to what police have charged him with.
Originally, he was charged with felony rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors. seling or furnishing liquor or malt or brewed beverages to minors and furnishing cigarettes or cigarette papers.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Magistrate Craig Ormsby in Roaring Springs, the charges stem from an incident that occurred 4/10 of a mile off state Route 453, on Hill Road, in Tyrone Township on Nov. 9.
Police said the evening before, the defendant picked up three juvenile girls in the vicinity of Citizens Fire Co. in Tyrone and later purchased beer for the girls. After dropping the youngest of the three girls off at home, the defendant and two victims drove to the Sinking Valley area where they continued to drink alcohol.
According to the affidavit, the three drove to the defendant’s trailer, which is located off SR 453, where the girls relieved themselves and “sat around for awhile.” They then told Myers they wanted to go home, according to police.
Police said they left the trailer and began driving on Hill Road when the defendant stopped the car and backed onto a side road. Police said he then exited the car and asked which girl was going to partake in sexual relations with him.
Police said both girls declined the proposition, but the man eventually forced vaginal intercourse on both juveniles.
The girls learned of Myers’ identity when one of them acquired his wallet from his pants pocket during the assault, said police.
Police said the girls talked Myers into taking them home and fled from him when he stopped to fuel his vehicle in Bellwood.
The next morning, police contacted the man at his residence along SR 1013. The man told police that he picked up the girls after they asked him to purchase cigarettes and beer for them. He said he was only with the girls for less than an hour and never drove further than the Birmingham Bridge on SR 453.
He told police he dropeed them off at Marrio’s Pizza in Tyrone then went to a friends’ house, where he stayed until about 4 a.m. He said the girls returned at that time to ask him for a ride to Bellwood.
Later, the defendant was questioned at the state police barracks in Hollidaysburg and told authorities that he had consensual sex with one of the victims.