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Chestnut St., Hellertown Man Sexually Assaulted Girl, 11, Police Say

Hellertown Police say John R. Kunsman, 60, of 149 E. Chestnut St., has been charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

Hellertown Police say a 60-year-old Chestnut Street resident has been charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

In a news release issued Friday, police said John R. Kunsman, of 149 E. Chestnut St., Hellertown, allegedly assaulted the girl Thursday, and was arrested at his home Friday morning.

Police said Kunsman has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a child, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of a child and unlawful contact with a minor—all of which are felonies—as well as a misdemeanor count of indecent assault of a child.

After he was arraigned before District Judge David Tidd, police said Kunsman was committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Gerry Kranz January 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Emotions are running high, as they should if an act like this occurs, but emotions can also cause people to do things that they should not. If it is proven that this guy really assaulted this girl, my statement about Bubba having his way with this guy in prison still stands. No where in the article does it say the guy admitted anything. The guy is innocent until PROVEN guilty. You people speak of compassion for the girl, with people saying she lied, but what about compassion for the accused? What if, by chance, it is a fabrication? If the people in Hellertown had lynched him or otherwise harmed him, what would your excuse be then? Sorry, we were mad? I am guilty as anyone else for making a knee-jerk comment because of the nature of the accusation, but people need to let the facts be examined properly.
HometownHoney January 12, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Look...i just wanted everyone to stop insinuating the child was not telling the truth. thats all.
HometownHoney January 12, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Thank you Paula...i needed to read your post to reaffirm my own beliefs. This is a sensitive subject...my eldest daughter is best friends with one if the girls in the family and has been involved with this caring...good...wholesome family for many years. So this is hitting too close to my home and heart. We hurt when our children hurt. We try to explain confusing life events when we dont understand ourselves...and it was a kick in the stomache to even see someone insinuate it may be untrue.
busybody January 12, 2014 at 01:49 PM
I do not know this child, nor do I know the accused. I do find it appalling that any adult would come onto a PUBLIC FORUM and even suggest, after an arrest had been made (which can only be done if there is evidence of a crime), the possibility that the child was not telling the truth. What the hell is the matter with you. Did you learn nothing from Gerry Sandusky, who to this day claims his innocence? How about all the young Catholic Altar Boys worldwide who have been molested by pedofiles posing as men of God. We teach our children that it is not ok. That they should tell someone and look what happens.....this child, as someone has stated, will go to school this week and some mean spirited kid from a mean spirited home will say something cruel to her. If the SVSD has any sense, they should make it very clear that there will be ZERO TOLLERANCE when it comes to this tragedy. If any one, TEACHER, CHILD, JANITOR, LUNCH LADY ETC speaks to this child about what was said, is said, etc they should be suspended from school and/or work pending an investigation. There should be no pay given, no credit given, no nothing, It is time for people to start standing up for kindness, charity and justice. Support the victims by keeping your negative mouths shut.
Hugh Gallagher January 12, 2014 at 02:16 PM
That make believe "mean spirited kid" that all of you mention would be MAKING AN UNFOUNDED ACCUSATION wouldn't he?. That is exactly what you are doing. You think is is wrong for him to make it. (I agree) I think it is just as wrong for you to do the same thing. Paula stated that the guy "admitted it". Ashely + Gerry asked you to back that up. So far, you missed the opportunity to explain. Was that 2nd hand? 3rd hand? an accusation? Or do we just get more "amens"?
HometownHoney January 12, 2014 at 02:33 PM
I believe Paula has more intimate details of the situation being a friend of the family which as much as she may want to defend her stance in this also does not want to break the trust and confidentiality of the family. Guilt and innocence aside...to accuse child of lying was just really crappy thing to do. right and wrong. it wasent right.
Hugh Gallagher January 12, 2014 at 02:40 PM
you respond with more namecalling + accusations? You read that accusation on a facebook post and then repeated it? Hopefully, you aren't teaching your children to do that. Like the mean spirited parents of the mean spirited kid.
Hugh Gallagher January 12, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Sarah I DID nOT accuse the child of lying. I challenge you to show where I did.
HometownHoney January 12, 2014 at 03:03 PM
i never said you personally called her a liar. the only reason i even commented on this article was that their were people insinuating she made it up to get out of trouble...or mentioned other occasions where a child made up allegations for whatever reason. All i did was reaffirm my belief and opinion that it is wrong to call a child who has courageously come forward about something that horrendous anything at.
Hugh Gallagher January 12, 2014 at 03:07 PM
please live up to your threat. It would be appreciated. It is childlike. When I visist the mental health facility, I'll take the makebelieve meanspirited family and their mean spirited kid with me. They can't even defend thjemselves against your names + accusations because they are a FIGMENT OF YOUR IMAGINATION AND BAD EMOTIONS.
HometownHoney January 12, 2014 at 03:14 PM
I dont understand this at all really...all i was doing was giving an example of what could arise from other adults challenging the truthfulness if this child. Thats all. And in a town this small words and opinions whether in good taste or appalling (all opinion) spread like wild fire.
Hugh Gallagher January 12, 2014 at 03:18 PM
sarah 2:33PM "to accuse a child of lying is just a crappy thing to do" You cedrtainly did make that accusation. again. I challenge you to show where I accused her of lying. I DID NOT
HometownHoney January 12, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Hugh it was a general statement made to reiterate my very first comment. It was not intended to be directed at you...as with most typed media unless specified by a heading/title change one does not know there was a differentiating tone or pause to suggest change of person or topic addressed.
Hugh Gallagher January 12, 2014 at 03:36 PM
paula so when you refused to respond to me , you insulted me and called me ignorant through sarah. I'm not surprised. I'm just hoping that you will actually not respond to me or use sarah to do so. How did you know so much about the mean spirited family? If they put you, sarah and busybody (her new name) together, they couldn't make 1 good one out of it. How's that for an insult?
Bret Bingen January 12, 2014 at 05:09 PM
That's why there are so many falsely accused people in prison. Some child or other unreliale witness makes a claim, and people jump to conclusions about guilt. If anyone deserves the benefit of the doubt, it is the accused.
J Bech January 12, 2014 at 05:16 PM
Bret-You are so Right...All we can do is wait until the trial comes up.
J Bech January 12, 2014 at 05:27 PM
If Kunsman did do it - He deserves what he gets but IF she made a false statement about what happened because she is afraid of him, she should be punished. I just don't like people making false statements and I really don't like people hurting little innocent kids.
Hugh Gallagher January 12, 2014 at 05:37 PM
So hold your comments and let the investigators sort it out. This seems to be a losing situation for everyone involved. Don't make it worse than it is. Give it a little time.
busybody January 12, 2014 at 06:31 PM
@Paula and Sarah, please do not be disheartened by certain men who come on here and constantly. Critize you. They have a history of misoginistic behavior on patch. They rarely disagree with one another, prefering to tear down women and their opinions. They are not worthy of your thoughts. Your hearts and minds are in the right place for this child and her family. Suffer not these fools.
Hugh Gallagher January 12, 2014 at 06:49 PM
busybody say hello to maryanne the next time you talk to her.. The mean spirited family that you imagined says hello too. They can't argue with you because they don't even exist. Are they from LST?
Hugh Gallagher January 12, 2014 at 07:07 PM
maryanne when you changed your user name from maryanne to busybody, you told us you were "not a female" But you haven't stopped criticizing men? Did you forget you had a "sex change"? I liked you better as a female>
Bret Bingen January 12, 2014 at 08:39 PM
High, Busybody is real. I know because she took me into the woods behind Wendy's on 412 and she molested me. Then she drove away in her big rig.
Gerry Kranz January 12, 2014 at 11:38 PM
All of you are nuts. Stick with the facts: there was enough merit to the alleged assault for an arrest to be made. Until all evidence is weighed at trial, the defendant is technically not guilty. If enough risk to the public is perceived by a judge, the man may be kept in prison until the trial. He also may be able to post bail, and be let out until trial. To Paula and others who know the family: you do realize that posting statements on the Patch are public and subject to discovery in the trial. Make sure you do not post something that conflicts with a family statement, helping the defendants case.
HometownHoney January 13, 2014 at 01:24 AM
this has turned into a circus...all i asked was for a bunch of people I assumed were adults to have some tact and stop insinuating this child was not telling a truthful account of the events. no shit....innocent until proven guilty...blah blah blah...that was never in question...!God forbid this was one of your children or a child you loved that came forward about something like this and a bunch of cynical.and jaded people questioned their integrity.
Hugh Gallagher January 13, 2014 at 04:28 AM
Not so sarah. You did more than "just that" You did a lot of namecalling and insinuating along with it. We are allowed to disagree with you just as you are allowed to disagree with me. But when we do, we are "cynical, jaded people of questionable integrity" Instead of questioning whether we are adults, be sure to act like one yourself. You even helped create the mean make believe family and the make believe issue that accusers the victim of lying, then attributing that to myself + others here. We didn't say it. YOU DID. You accuse others of "casting stones" but YOU are the one "casting stones". You may think it is appropriate to come on patch and prosecute this incident along with paula + busybody using accusations, bad emotions + facebook posts. Some of us disagree. BUT No one here (other than your make believe mean family) accused the victim of lying. We are only saying to give the investigation time. If you or someone in your family was accused of anything, we would want you to have the same fairness applied. Have you ever been accused of something you didn't do? Have you ever mistakenly accused another person?
busybody January 13, 2014 at 06:09 AM
@Sarah, please do not waste any more time on H G . It gives. Him a sense of self importance, to which he is not entitled. He, and others like him, are small minded and rude. You would never catch any of them in a physical public forum where reasonable people could chalange their remarks. He ic certifiable, insisting that people are other than wh they claim to be. There was a group of people on patch last year, mostly men but also a few women, who verbally attacked a person on patch and then openly threatened that person. Since the internet is governed by certain bodies, all threats. Must be investgated. Since this happed the families property was tresspassed upon in the middle of the night. You do not want to get mixed up with these people. There is really no way to predict what they. May or may not do.
Hugh Gallagher January 13, 2014 at 06:57 AM
busybody.Those tresspassers are probably that make-believe mean spirited family. I've heard about them too. Hopefully, sarah will follow your advice and not ever respond to my posts. Please sarah, listen to maryanne(busybody). You might follow that same advice and not respond to me also. That woulkd be great. Just shut up. I certainly won't learn anything from you. But there is one issue you should clear up. Are you female or male? Or do you "change" daily. It would be wonderful if you both found a different bridge to troll under.
HometownHoney January 13, 2014 at 07:59 AM
wow i guess they were all right you are ridiculous. btw....the 6th post is the one i initially responded to where they say she probably lied to get out of trouble. your so good with your fact finding missions...you missed the only reason i commented on here. and yes i will continue to challenge things that are cruel like that post...freedom of speech...lmao....its like when aol first started when i was a little kid and we would o their and start trouble for fun...why? cause we were kids. this is a terribly sensative subject that you have made a mockery of. see ya in the updated article....until then ciao!
Hugh Gallagher January 13, 2014 at 08:29 AM
hh , "ridiculous" is just more name-calling. you MISQUOTED that 6th post. he said "maybe' you said "probably" The poster had no factual information for that accusation. But then, it's just another accusation/insinuation like the many others here. Looking back on the previous posts, I see YOU are the one who originally conjured up the mean kid who said the victim lied? More make-believe people who are saying make believe things?. Do you think there is something we can do to stop these make-believe people? They are difficult to converse with.
Josh Popichak (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Please be respectful toward others posting comments on this thread. If you disagree with someone, that's obviously fine... You are free to do that, but please refrain from launching personal attacks. This is obviously a sensitive, emotional topic, and I understand the passion that's been elicited. It is just not beneficial, nor OK, when the conversation devolves into attacks.

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