Man charged with drugging, sexually assaulting 4 women ordered to another court date
SUNBURY — A 30-year-old Mount Carmel man charged with drugging four women and sexually assaulting them at his residence was ordered Friday morning to appear for another pre-trial conference on all five cases in May or June.
Barry Thomas Adams, of 111 N. Market St., agreed to have the cases proceed in the Court of Common Pleas during his initial pre-trial conference on the charges before Judge Charles H. Saylor. The judge then directed Adams to appear for another pre-trial conference May 3 or June 7.
Adams could have entered a guilty plea in the five cases Friday or requested the cases go to trial, but he did neither. He still has the opportunity to plead guilty at his next pre-trial conference or seek a trial.
Adams, who remains incarcerated on more than $200,000 cash bail, was represented by Northumberland County Public Defender Paige Rosini. Assistant District Attorney William Cole represented the commonwealth.
Adams is charged by Mount Carmel Cpl. David Donkochik and Chief of Police Todd Owens with multiple felony offenses, including two counts of rape, relating to incidents involving a 36-year-old Ashland woman that occurred between the evening hours of Nov. 21 and Thanksgiving morning at his home. She came forward after reading about previous charges filed against Adams, police said.
He also is charged by borough police with multiple felony offenses for allegedly raping a 32-year-old Ashland woman and having sexual contact with a 26-year-old Danville female and a 57-year-old Elysburg woman. Police said those offenses occurred Feb. 27, Sept. 7 and Nov. 2, respectively, at Adams’ residence.
He is accused of drugging the women at local bars and then raping or having indecent sexual contact with the victims at his home. Adams allegedly befriended each of the victims on Facebook before meeting them in taverns and buying them drinks. He reportedly showed the victims photographs of a man he claimed to be himself in an attempt to meet the victims in person. But police said the photographs depicted on Facebook were someone else.
Adams was previously charged by Mount Carmel Patrolman Kevin Katch with stealing a Discover card owned by Barbara Puketza from 138 S. Locust St. and using it to purchase items and withdraw money from the victim’s account. Police said total restitution in the theft is $1,816.18.
He was most recently charged by Mount Carmel Patrolman Matt Dillman with access device fraud, identity theft, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
Police said Adams allegedly stole a credit card owned by David Urbanowicz and used it to make various purchases and cash withdrawals between Jan. 1 and March 2.
The most recent charges were not involved in Friday’s legal proceeding.