Ukrainian accused of sex with teen has ID theft count tossed

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Posted: Mar 24, 2016 3:10 PM
Ukrainian accused of sex with teen has ID theft count tossed

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 23-year-old Ukrainian man accused of faking his age while attending a Pennsylvania high school and having sex with an underage girl has one fewer charge against him, but he's still waiting to learn if his bail will be reduced.

A judge in the Harrisburg suburbs on Thursday dropped an identity theft charge against Artur Samarin but decided there was enough evidence to send a count of unsworn falsification to county court for trial.

Samarin still awaits a preliminary hearing on other charges of theft, identity theft, conspiracy, tampering with public records, statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors.

He's telling reporters he just wants to have a better life.

In a separate proceeding, a county judge deferred consideration of Samarin's request to lower his $240,000 bail.