Man charged with assault of unborn child
HUMMELS WHARF - A 19-year-old male faces charges of aggravated assault of an unborn child after assaulting a pregnant female early Monday morning along Old Trail in Monroe Township.
State police at Selinsgrove charged Michael Allen Lepley II, of 2118 North Old Trail, with the felony offense along with misdemeanor charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person and cited him for harassment in the 1:30 a.m. incident. Lepley was committed to Snyder County Prison on a probation violation.
Police said Lepley was involved in a verbal argument at the residence with a 17-year-old female, who is four months pregnant.
The altercation became physical when the female pushed Lepley away as he was in her face yelling at her. Lepley then allegedly punched and squeezed the female in the stomach, threw her on the floor, pulled her hair and choked her, causing bruises.
Lepley was on probation after serving time in Northumberland County Prison on terroristic threats. Back in January 2013, Lepley and a 16-year-old Trevorton male were charged with a felony count of threatening to use weapons of mass destruction, and a misdemeanor charge of terroristic threats after the two used Facebook to make a threat to blow up the Five Star Treatment School in Sunbury.
Lepley pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 18 months probation on the felony and 12 months probation on the terroristic threats misdemeanor, the sentences to run concurrently. Supervision was transferred to the Snyder County Probation Department on April 3, 2013.
A date for a preliminary hearing for Lepley has not been set.