A preliminary hearing for 43-year-old Woodrow Hicks Jr. was continued yesterday until January 17th. Hicks is accused of arranging a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl at the White Township Wal Mart parking lot earlier this month. He was intercepted by state police when he arrived for the rendezvous, and fled but was apprehended.
In court yesterday, District Judge Guy Haberl upgraded a corruption of minors charge to the felony level because Hicks is over the age of 18. He also increased the bail amount from $30,000 to $45,000. Hicks has been unable to post bond and is being held at the Indiana County Jail. He now faces five felony counts, including aggravated assault for resisting arrest, statutory sexual assault and attempted statutory sexual assault, and unlawful contact with a minor for sexual offense, in addition to the corruption of minors upgrade. He also is charged with three misdemeanors…resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude police, and simple assault.