By Steve Pope | September 12, 2018
On Tuesday Allegheny County Police charged a McKees Rocks man with indecent assault and related charges, alleging he inappropriately touched a 15-year-old girl several times starting from last November through July.
During an Aug. 1 interview the teen told police that Troy Monroe, 45, told her “she could play with his hair anytime she wanted,” after the girl saw something in his hair and simply removed it, during a visit to his home in Nov. Police allege in a criminal complaint that during the visit Monroe sat close to the teen while she was watching TV, put his arm around her and “started rubbing her upper thigh area without saying anything for about a minute.”
Police allege the teen told Monroe to stop and tried to move away, but Monroe “pulled her back towards him.” Monroe also made an obscene gesture with his index finger and continued to inappropriately touch her, the complaint alleged. The teen left the room and walked into the kitchen, but did not tell her stepmother what occurred.
The teen’s mother told police the girl routinely visited her stepfather who was living with Monroe during the time the alleged incidents occurred.
According to the complaint, several weeks later Monroe apologized to the teen saying, “He told her he didn’t want anything weird between them.” However, after telling her this the teen said Monroe grabbed her hand and squeezed it “tighter as she tried to pull away.”
During a visit several months later Monroe told her, “if she was 18 he would make a woman out of her,” and “began to rub her leg,” the complaint said. The last time she saw Monroe was during a visit to his home in July.
On Aug. 21 Monroe agreed to take a polygraph test and told a county police detective in an interview before the test that, “he has a very ‘off-color’ relationship” with the teen. He also admitted to inappropriately touching her on several occasions. Because of his statements the test was canceled and Monroe was arrested.
Monroe is charged with corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault. He was released from the Allegheny County Jail on a non-monetary bond and faces a Sept. 25 preliminary hearing in McKees Rocks.
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