Sean Southern mugshot

Sean Anthony Southern

A Mt. Pleasant Township man was denied bail Thursday after allegedly assaulting two children.

Sean Anthony Southern, 36, of 50 Third St., is being held in Washington County jail on charges of strangulation, endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Southern was arraigned on the charges Thursday evening by District Judge Traci McDonald-Kemp, who denied him bail. Online court records state that, “No condition/combination of conditions” could assure the safety of the alleged victims or the community.

Southern was already out on bail awaiting a hearing for previous charges of child endangerment, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor for an incident that allegedly occurred June 26, 2018, according to court records.

Those charges were filed in January, and Southern was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

As a result of Thursday’s incident, Southern’s bond was revoked for violation of his bail conditions.

Police were called to Southern’s home about 4 p.m. Thursday after one of the alleged victims, a 14-year-old girl, called 911.

The other alleged victim was an 8-year-old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, Southern wrapped his hands around one girl’s neck and pushed her against a wall.

The complaint states that when the other girl scratched Southern’s arm to get him to stop, Southern also put his hand around her neck and pushed her to the ground.

When police arrived, they said Southern was arguing with the mother of the girls, who was not home when the assaults allegedly took place.

Southern told police that “nothing was going on and that no one has marks,” according to the complaint.

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