POLICE: Megan’s Law offender faces seven charges

Photo courtesy of the Megan's Law website

Photo courtesy of the Megan’s Law website

An Ellwood City man was arrested on Jan. 17 after he allegedly coerced a 15-year-old girl into having sex with him by way of blackmail.

Jason Edward Lambright, 23, residence currently undefined, faces seven charges including rape, aggravated indecent assault, and corruption of a minor.

According to the report, police were advised to speak with a 15-year-old girl and her mother in reference to a sexual assault.  The girl advised officers that in February 2013, she sent several naked photos of herself to a Facebook account thought to be controlled by a New Castle man.

She explained that Lambright, a registered sex offender, contacted her and admitted that the account was his, and that he would not tell her mother about the photos if she had sex with him.  She refused to accept the deal, thus Lambright continued to threaten her.  Then, he showed up at her Ellwood City home and forcibly engaged her in sexual intercourse.   The victim explained that she had never had sex before, nor has she since.

She kept the incident a secret and believed it was over until Lambright contacted her again on Jan. 5.  He told her via text message that she needed to keep the deal with him and give him what he wants, or else he would create a Facebook page and send the nude photos to her mother.  At this point, the girl changed her phone number to keep Lambright from contacting her, and informed her mother of the incident.

After involving the police in the matter, the Beaver County district attorney’s office and Beaver County Children and Youth Services interviewed the girl on Jan. 17.  During the interview, her mother, who sat in, explained that Lambright contacted her and asked for money on Jan. 15.  Thus, out of frustration, she confronted him about the allegations though a series of text messages.  Lambright denied the accusations, but made several comments back explaining that he refused to go back to prison and that he would kill himself if she reported the incident.

The interview confirmed that the phone number used in the conversation between the victim’s mother and Lambright was the same one used to text the victim 95 times on Jan. 5 from 5:44 p.m. to 10:12 p.m.

Lambright was also convicted of corruption of minors in 2010.  And, in September 2013, he failed to comply with the parameters of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law by not informing police that he changed addresses.

The accused stood before Judge Jerry Cartwight, Jr. in a preliminary hearing on Jan. 27, and is currently being held at Beaver County Prison on $100,000 bail.

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