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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 9:28 pm

A Fayette County man is facing several charges after he allegedly had sex with a minor in the back of an ice cream truck, police said.

Ronald Burwell III, 27, of Smithfield was charged Thursday evening with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of a minor.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the 12-year-old female victim and her mother reported the alleged incident to Fayette County Detective Kevin Grippo on Wednesday.

The affidavit said that the 12-year-old worked with Burwell delivering ice cream in an ice cream truck for F&S, a company out of Lemont Furnace.

Fayette County District Attorney Jack Heneks said the victim began working in June, and continued the job through August.

The 12-year-old stated to police that a few days before Aug. 22, she and Burwell discussed having protected sex. On Aug. 22, she said she went to the Sheetz in Uniontown and bought a condom, police said.

According to the affidavit, once they were done selling ice cream on Aug. 22, they traveled to an area near Royal Lake in Redstone Township and pulled onto a back road, where Burwell allegedly performed oral sex on the victim, and also allegedly had sex with her. The victim also allegedly performed oral sex on Burwell, police said.

Heneks said the Redstone Township Police Department began the investigation, and was assisted by Fayette County detectives and the Fayette County Drug Task Force.

“I applaud the timely efforts of our detectives and the local police officers, from the investigation to arrest in this matter,” Heneks said. “They (the allegations) are deeply troubling. Our office will continue to use all of our assets to protect the safety and welfare of the children in the community from any and all threats.”

Resulting from another criminal incident, Burwell had previously been sentenced for one to 12 months in prison in January 2012 for endangering the welfare of children and disorderly conduct.

The prison sentence resulted from an incident that occurred on July 31, 2011 where Burwell pulled a 9mm handgun from a holster and waived it around during a veral altercation. At the time, he was holding a 4-year-old boy in his other arm while brandishing the firearm.

Burwell was being questioned by police about the alleged Aug. 22 incident Thursday night. He was then arraigned in the Fayette County Booking Center before District Judge Michael Metros.

Burwell’s preliminary hearing has yet to be scheduled but will be held at the office of District Judge Mike Defino Jr.

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