Oil City man charged with indecent assault, corruption

 Numerous charges have been filed against an Oil City man who reportedly admitted having inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.

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 Christopher Ender, 42, 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 at the Oil City police station Thursday, 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.

Charges filed against Ender include one count of aggravated indecent assault, one count of corruption of minors, one count of indecent assault – person less than 16 years old and one count of indecent exposure.

Ender was arraigned Thursday before Fish and placed in the Venango County jail after failing to post $175,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday in Central Court.