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Teen Charged With Stabbing, Sexual Assault

WILKES-BARRE — Charges connected to an alleged stabbing and sexual assault in Wilkes-Barre have a 16 year old locked up.

The teen was charged as an adult for an attack last month on a teenage girl.

Christopher Molinaro just turned 16 a few weeks ago.

Wilkes-Barre police said he has confessed to stabbing a girl who was supposed to be his friend.

His t-shirt says “I don’t need your attitude I have one of my own.”

But Christopher Molinaro of Plains Township did not want to talk as he was led into his arraignment in Wilkes-Barre on charges of aggravated assault and sexual assault.

“I’m glad that he was charged as an adult. He should be for what he had done to her.”

A woman who does not want to be identified said a bloody 14-year-old girl came to her home in Wilkes-Barre last month looking for help.

Police said the girl was sexually assaulted along railroad tracks near Miller Street.

Authorities also said Molinaro stabbed the girl in the neck and back with a fishing knife.

According to court records, the two had become friends a few months ago.

“It was horrible. It’s something you don’t want to see. Nobody wants to see, especially a 14-year-old girl or any woman.”

Other people who live and walk by the tracks in the Miners Mills section of the city say they’re relieved after weeks of uncertainty about the case.

“My boyfriend actually just went out and bought me pepper spray because he’s that terrified for me to walk,” said Nicole Tirpak of Wilkes-Barre.

“The little girl was helpless, defenseless; she had nobody there to protect her.”

Court records said Molinaro told police “he lost it” when the girl mentioned another boy’s name.

Molinaro is locked with bail set at $50,000.


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