The sentencing of a former North Londonderry police officer for sexually molesting two girls in Dauphin County last year was delayed yesterday until Jan. 22, according to a Harrisburg newspaper.
Michael Fernsler, whose last address is listed at 622 E. Queen St., Annville, was arrested Tuesday on charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and indecent exposure, according to the Lebanon County Detective Bureau. The 34-year-old Fernsler was arraigned before District Judge John Arnold, who set bail at $100,000.
Fernsler had been free on $50,000 bail since pleading guilty in August to sexually assaulting two 4-year-old girls in Swatara Township, Dauphin County. He had been scheduled to be sentenced yesterday afternoon in connection with that case.
Yesterday, Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover revoked Fernsler’s bail, a Harrisburg newspaper reported today. Fernsler was in the Dauphin County prison this morning, according to Lebanon County prison officials.
Fernsler was arrested after North Londonderry Township police were called about a sexual assault. Police said a 14-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted.
The girl was walking down a wooded lane to her home after being dropped off by a school bus Tuesday around 3:25 p.m. when she heard a noise behind her, according to an affidavit of probable cause. She told police she was grabbed from behind by a masked man she recognized as Fernsler.
According to the affidavit, Fernsler bound her hands, blindfolded her, put tape over her mouth and led her at knifepoint into a wooded area, threatening her if she resisted. Fernsler exposed himself to her and sexually assaulted her, police said. The girl managed to escape her attacker, hid and telephoned police for assistance.
Police said the girl provided a detailed description of the suspect, who had fled the scene.
Fernsler was taken into custody by Palmyra borough police not far from the scene of the alleged incident.
Fernsler worked as a North Londonderry Township patrolman from 2003 to 2005. He also did local charity work as Chuckles the Clown.