PHOENIXVILLE -- Paul Isaac Harclerode, arrested last month on felony statutory sexual assault charges after he allegedly had sex with an underage girl in May, waived his preliminary hearing in district court Thursday morning.
Harclerode, 21, of the 100 block of Lake Road, Phoenixville, is charged with statutory sexual assault; indecent assault; and corruption of minors.
Following an agreement between Assistant District Attorney Kim Callahan of the Chester County District Attorney's Office, and Harclerode's attorney, Steve Baer, Harclerode waived his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Ted Michaels Thursday morning.
According to court documents, Detective Sgt. Thomas Goggin, head of the Phoenixville Police Department's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, said he met with a 14-year-old, whose name is being withheld by The Phoenix, on May 20.
The 14-year-old reported that Harclerode is a social acquaintance and that he performed sexual intercourse upon her on May 10 at a residence in Phoenixville.
"The victim said that Harclerode told her after the intercourse that he knew it was wrong," said Goggin.
The 14-year-old identified Harclerode in a photo line-up, and said he would have turned 21 on Mother's Day.
"(She) said she informed Harclerode that she is 14 years old," said Goggin. "I reviewed driver licensing records and confirmed that Harclerode was born on May 11, 1987, and would've turned 21 on Mother's Day."
Goggin said he retrieved text messages from "Paul" to the 14-year-old that are stored on her cell phone.
In one message, dated May 13, 2008, "Paul" said "Im sry idont wanna go to jail im leavin tonight im sry," court documents state.
Goggin said he checked the directory and retrieved a cell phone number for "Paul."
"I called 'Paul' on May 21, and he identified himself as Paul Harclerode," he said. "He initially denied knowing the victim, but later admitted knowing her. He said he would come in on May 22 and provide a statement."
Goggin said he spoke with Harclerode on his cell phone on May 22, and he admitted to living with his mother along the 100 block of Lake Road. Harclerode also admitted to Goggin that he had feelings for the 14-year-old, and admitted that he previously kissed her and touched her.
An arrest warrant was issued on June 3, 2008, for Harclerode, and he was taken into custody on June 5.
A check of Harclerode's criminal history reveals previous arrests for terroristic threats, harassment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
Harclerode remains free on $100,000 unsecured bail, with provisions being no contact, direct or indirect, whatsoever with the 14-year-old.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, July 31, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. in the Court of Common Pleas in West Chester.