Titusville Man Faces Charges for Allegedly Lying on Firearm Purchase Application

Gavin Fish

Gavin Fish

Published February 20, 2024 5:30 am
Last Updated: March 28, 2024 4:41 pm

VENANGO CO, Pa. (EYT) — A Titusville man is facing a criminal charge for allegedly lying on a firearm purchase application.

Court Records show that on January 26, Franklin-based Pennsylvania State Police filed criminal charges against 23-year-old Jason Edward Bolte, of Titusville, in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office.

According to the criminal complaint, on February 23, 2023, at approximately 3:38 p.m., Bolte completed an ATF Form 4473 (Firearms Transaction Record Part 1 — Over the Counter Form) and a SP 4-114 (Pennsylvania State Police Application/Record of Sale Form) at a sports store in Cranberry Township, Venango County.

Bolte completed the forms as required by law in an attempt to purchase a Glock 43 handgun, but the transaction was declined, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, the forms were completed in their entirety, signing to affirm that all of the information was true, correct, and complete. Specifically, answered “no” when prompted with a question asking, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime enumerated in Section 6105(b), or do any of the conditions under 6105(c) apply to you?”

Upon investigation, it was determined Bolte was arrested on or about June 1, 2015, by the Butler County Detectives for criminal offenses that occurred on or about January 1, 2012. Bolte was charged with Rape, Felony 1; Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Felony 1; Aggravated Indecent Assault, Felony 2; and Indecent Assault. He was subsequently adjudicated as a delinquent for aggravated indecent assault, the complaint indicates.

It was determined that Bolte attempted to purchase the firearm on February 23 as a State Prohibitor under Pennsylvania law, according to the complaint.

According to court records, Bolte is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. on February 21 on the following charges in front of Judge Lowrey:

  • Statement Under Penalty of Perjury, Misdemeanor 3

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