• Braddock man, 34, admits to meeting several minors through social media site


    BOGGS TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Braddock man is facing a list of charges after police said he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl he met through a social media website.

    According to police, Joshua Patterson, 34, drove to Armstrong County to meet two 14-year-old girls he met on the social media website myYearbook.

    Police said Patterson posed as a 19-year-old male by the name of Joshua Phillips as he conversed with the girls on Skype for about two months.

    On May 4, Patterson met the two girls at a location on Ridge Road in Boggs Township. Authorities said the girls immediately realized Patterson was older than 19 and they became nervous.

    According to the criminal complaint, Patterson put his arms around one of the girls and began rubbing her neck. When she attempted to get away, he stopped her until the other girl grabbed her and they started walking away, the complaint said.

    Police said as the two girls were walking away Patterson grabbed one of them by the hood of her sweatshirt. At this point, the girls began to yell and became combative. Patterson got nervous, got into his Kia SUV and drove away, police said.

    After a police investigation, authorities said Patterson agreed to do an interview with Pennsylvania State Police and he confessed to the incident, as well as meeting several other girls under the age of 18 through myYearbook.

    Investigators said a search warrant was conducted and Patterson’s cellphone, laptop, desktop computer and other electronic devices were confiscated.

    He is facing charges of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and illegal use of a communication facility.

    Patterson remains in Armstrong County Jail on $75,000 bond.

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