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Penn State Police Arrest Registered Sex Offender Violating His Probation

by on June 24, 2013 6:46 PM

A Bellefonte man is back in jail after police found him sleeping on a bench and under the influence of alcohol, the latter being a violation of his probation.

Penn State Police say Joshua Bathgate, 23, was ordered to not drink alcohol while he serves his seven-year probation. Bathgate pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault in 2011 in connection with two sexual assault cases. He was sentenced to one to two years in prison and was given credit for 295 days already served. According to court documents, his probation began on May 29, 2012.  

Police say that in 2011, Bathgate sexually assaulted two women while they were unconscious and he knew they were unaware of what he was doing.

Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham says officers saw Bathgate sleeping on a bench around 2:20 a.m. Saturday, on East College Avenue and Allen Street. They realized he had been drinking and contacted the Probation and Parole office, where officials told the officers Bathgate was in violation of a 'no alcohol' provision that went into effect when he was put on probation.

Officers took Bathgate to the Centre County Correctional facility, where he is still being held. Jail officials says a bail has not been set yet.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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