Waynesboro police officer charged

An arrest warrant was issued today for a Waynesboro police officer accused of sexually assaulting a teenager last year.

William E. Sublett IV, 33, has been charged with four felonies in connection with his alleged conduct in incidents that took place over the past year when his victim was 15-16 years old.

He was a patrolman with Waynesboro Police Department at the time. Many of the alleged incidents took place while he was on duty. Chief James Sourbier placed Sublett on administrative leave the night of December 10, 2020 and resigned from the Department January 5.

The assaults came to light in December after the girl confided in a school counselor. The school notified police Dec. 10. Sourbier acted quickly in placing Sublett on administrative leave that evening.

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Troopers met with a school resource officer that afternoon and talked to the girl at the school. An emergency forensic interview with the victim took place at the Over the Rainbow Children’s Advocacy Center the same afternoon/evening.

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Charging document allegations

The girl told counselors the abuse came after she tried to commit suicide in 2019. Sublett was one of the officers responding to the call. Police claim in charging documents that he developed a friendship with the girl under the guise of mentoring her.

Over the next year, he groomed her, provided her with a cell phone and other things, then began asking for photos of her, including graphic sexual images.

Investigators obtained physical evidence to corroborate her account over the next two months prior to filing the charges with Magisterial District Judge David Plum today.

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Sublett is charged with the following crimes:

  • Aggravated indecent assault without consent; a second degree felony
  • Indecent assault without the consent of the other party; a second degree misdemeanor
  • Corruption Of minors – Defendant age 18 or above; a third degree felony
  • Unlawful contact with a minor and other sexual materials and performances – obscene; a second degree felony
  • Criminal Use Of Communication Facility 1; a third degree felony
  • Criminal Solicitation – Photograph/Film/Depict on Computer Sex Act – Knowingly or Permitting Child; a second degree felony

The Franklin County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Detectives partnered with the Pennsylvania State Police in the investigation.

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