OC man accused of indecent assault waives hearing

An Oil City man who reportedly admitted having inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl waived his preliminary hearing in the case Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Andrew Fish’s office said Oil City patrolman Steve Rembold was sent to assist Children and Youth Services on July 30 regarding possible inappropriate Facebook messages.

Rembold spoke with the father of a 14-year-old girl whose phone was receiving messages from a man regarding cuddling and sleeping, the complaint said.

The man accused of sending the messages was identified as 42-year-old Christopher Ender, the complaint said.

After first denying that he sent the messages, Ender admitted being the person who typed them, according to the complaint.

Ender was interviewed Aug. 4 by Oil City police, and the complaint said Ender again admitted sending the Facebook messages.

As the interview progressed, police chief Bob Wenner entered the room and Ender admitted to at least three occasions in which he had sexual contact with the 14-year-old girl, the complaint said.

Ender told police he had inappropriately touched the girl and had exposed himself to her, the complaint said.

Ender has been charged with felony counts of aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors and misdemeanor counts of indecent assault – person less than 16 years old and indecent exposure.

The charges will now be bound over for further proceedings in the Court of Common Pleas.

Ender remains in the Venango County jail on $175,000 bail.