A West Chester man has been arrested in connection with having an eight-month inappropriate sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Hector Guillermo Lainez-Escalante, 20, of West Chester, was arrested by West Goshen police after a lengthy investigation. Police said the relationship occurred earlier this year. The Chester County Detectives assisted with the investigation. Lainez-Escalante has been charged with multiple offenses, including involuntary deviant sexual intercourse and sexual assault. He was arraigned, and his bail was set at $250,000.

Police reports from across the region:

West Chester


On Monday Sept. 17, 20 4:31 pm West Chester Police responded to the 100 block of West Miner Street for a report of a burglary. On Sept. 17, sometime between noon and 4 p.m., someone entered a third floor apartment and ransacked the entire apartment. A safe was broken into and cash and miscellaneous documents were stolen. West Chester Police are asking for help in solving this crime. Please contact the police if you see or hear anything suspicious, or have any information relating to this investigation.


On Sept. 15, at 5:46 p.m., West Chester Police officers responded to the parking lot of the Giant in the Bradford Plaza for a reported physical domestic in progress. As a result of the response and investigation Theodore Flowers, 58, of West Chester was arrested for simple assault and harassment. Flowers was sent to the Chester County Prison.

Westtown-East Goshen

Criminal mischief

On Sept. 26 at around 4:20 a.m., officers from their department were dispatched to the Sunoco Gas Station located in the 1400 block of Paoli Pike, in East Goshen Township, for a criminal mischief report. A man kicked the front glass door of the business causing damage. He was last seen turning onto Boot Road in a two-door vehicle that appeared to be a Hyundai Veloster. Police ask anyone who can identify the suspect to contact Detective Jason Diamond at jdiamond@wegopd.org or 610-455-6082.


Drug charges

On Sept. 24, at 4:24 p.m., officers were on patrol searching for a wanted subject later identified as David Diaz, 21, homeless, after he was reported to be seen in the area of North Seventh Avenue and East Lincoln Highway. During the search, Diaz was observed running from the Walgreens at 800 East Lincoln Highway after a retail theft. Officers located him in the area of Star Alley where a foot pursuit began. Diaz lost the foot race and was taken into custody at the rear of 725 East Lincoln Highway. A backpack owned by Diaz contained several items confirmed to be stolen from Walgreens. Several items of drug paraphernalia were also located on Diaz who also had several warrants for his arrest from multiple agencies in both Chester County as well as Lancaster County. Diaz was transported to Chester County Prison by State Police Embreeville who had additional charges against Diaz. Diaz is charged with theft, flight to avoid apprehension, as well as drug related charges.

Warrant arrest

On Sept. 16, at 12:27 p.m., Coatesville Police came into contact with Michelle Morgan-Cox, 23, of Coatesville, while in the area of Charles and Strode avenues. Cox was known to have an active warrant for her arrest. She was taken into custody and transported to the station for constable pick up.

Drug charges

On Oct. 1 at 3:45 a.m., Coatesville Police investigated a suspicious vehicle occupied by a sleeping male in the area of Maple Avenue and South Third Avenue. The male, identified as Lamar Washington, 32, of Coatesville, was found to have a bench warrant for his arrest and was also in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Washington was taken into custody and transferred to Chester County Prison.

Attempted arson

On Sunday, Sept. 30, at 9:45 p.m., Coatesville Police Dept. was dispatched to the 700 block of East Harmony Street for a suspicious condition in reference to a white male yelling and attempting to set a pile of wood on fire. The suspect was described as a white male with brown hair wearing a jacket, carrying a large wooden stick, and dragging a black piece of luggage. Officers located that individual who identified himself as Jesse Sokoll, who had an odor of gasoline emanating from him as he spoke to officers. Police observed a 5-gallon gas can at the scene along with a puddle of gasoline on the street next to the pile of wood which rested against a business. A witness confirmed that Sokoll tried to light the pile two or three times before becoming too frustrated that he was unable to set the fire. Sokoll was taken into custody for the attempted arson and related charges and held at the Coatesville Police station pending arraignment.

Criminal mischief

Coatesville police were dispatched to 3000 Raye Road in Thorndale on Sept. 30 at 10:45 a.m. for criminal mischief to a vehicle. A young male juvenile was jumping on a metal stairs causing them to fall and damage a vehicle. The juvenile then ran away east bound on Harmony Street.


On Sept. 28, at 9:32 p.m., officers were dispatched to 299 Dulles Drive for a property damage accident. It was determined that Leonard Harden, 70, of Coatesville, was intoxicated and not capable of safely operating a motor vehicle. His vehicle collided with a vehicle operated by Amanda Scharff, 28, of Coatesville, as he was trying to back up. Harden was taken into custody.

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