(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — A 23-year-old Ukrainian man accused of faking his name and age while attending a Pennsylvania high school and having sex with an underage girl was denied lower bail during a brief hearing Tuesday.
Prosecutors also dropped identity theft and conspiracy charges against Artur Samarin, leaving in place charges of unsworn falsification, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, theft and tampering with public records.
Dauphin County prosecutor Fran Chardo said the criminal allegations in the identity theft and conspiracy counts are covered in other charges against Samarin. Under Pennsylvania law, Chardo said, Samarin wouldn't get more criminal penalties if convicted of those charges along with identity theft and conspiracy.
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