Forest Lake man pleads in sex assault

MICHAEL HOLMES

BY STACI WILSON

AForestLakeman will serve four to eight years prison for the felony sexual assault of a 14-year-old female earlier this year. He will also serve 10 years probation following his release.

Michael Holmes, 42, admitted Friday in Susquehanna County Court to coercing the teen to perform oral sex on him on March 4 inForestLakeTwp.

Holmes pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a Megan’s Law offense that carries a lifetime sexual offender registration requirement.

District Attorney Jason Legg said the plea agreement had been reached at the time of the preliminary hearing and both the victim and her mother were okay with the deal.

Holmes had faced other sexual assault charges, including rape, but those counts were dropped in exchange for the plea.

President Judge Kenneth Seamans ordered Holmes to undergo a hearing in front of the sexual offenders’ assessment board in order to determine whether he is a sexually violent predator.

That hearing is to take place prior to Holmes’ sentencing, tentatively scheduled for Nov. 19 in Susquehanna County Court.