OC man held for court on assault charge

An Oil City man was held for court Wednesday on charges of indecent assault and harassment.

Cy Gaines-Colon, 45, had a preliminary hearing before district judge Matthew Kirtland in Venango County Central Court.

The charges stem from a Nov. 23 incident when a woman rode with Gaines-Colon from an Oil City tavern to a business outside of town.

In court Wednesday, the woman testified that she and Gaines-Colon had gone to his truck to smoke marijuana. The woman said Gaines-Colon started making verbal sexual advances and put his hand on her thigh in the truck.

“I said if that was your intention, take me back to the bar,” she said.

The woman said she had brushed his hand away from her leg and pushed him away when he kissed her on the cheek. She said she never gave him any indication that romantic contact was welcome.

“At that point, I just wanted him to go into the store so I could get out of the vehicle,” she said.

The woman said she had trouble getting out of the truck until she found a button that unlocked the doors, and then she ran to Minich’s Towing.

A Minich’s employee contacted Franklin state trooper Matthew Cirell, and Cirell testified Wednesday that the woman’s testimony matched what she had told him that day.

Gaines-Colon had also been charged with false imprisonment, but that charge was withdrawn.

Assistant District Attorney Kyle Peasley said the charge was withdrawn because there was insufficient evidence that Gaines-Colon had intentionally locked her in the car.

Defense attorney Jeri Bolton called no witnesses and made no argument.

Kirtland bound the misdemeanor charge of indecent assault and the summary charge of harassment over to the Court of Common Pleas.

Gaines-Colon was released on unsecured bail. As a condition of bail, he is prohibited from making any direct or indirect contact with the woman.