Boyfriend arrested, police investigate suspicious death of Hermitage teen

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Police said they found drug paraphernalia and bloodstains in the bedroom where the 14-year-old was found dead

SHARON, Pa. (WYTV) – A 14-year-old girl was found dead of an apparent drug overdose and now her boyfriend is behind bars. Sharon police are calling the teen’s death over the weekend “suspicious.”

Leonard Frye, Jr., 19, is in jail on a $50,000 bond. He’s facing charges of rape of a substantially impaired person, statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors.

The Hermitage girl died in his bedroom at his home on Oak Way in Sharon. Police said they also found drug paraphernalia and bloodstains in the room.

According to an affidavit, Frye told investigators they both smoked weed, did the drug Suboxone and had sex before going to bed Friday night.

He said he couldn’t wake her up Saturday morning so he yelled for his mother downstairs and called 911.

“Whether she stole them from his as he asserted or whether he gave them to her remains to be seen,” said Mercer County District Attorney Peter Acker.

He said Frye has other criminal charges in separate cases. Acker’s office is moving to revoke Frye’s bond on those charges.

“He has pending charges which involve possession of a controlled substance — specifically MMA which, at times, is referred to as a date rape drug,” Acker said.

Frye is scheduled to be back in court on the latest charges on November 7 as authorities continue looking into his girlfriend’s death.

“There could be more charges involving people other than Leonard Frye,” Acker said. “It’s too early to speculate as to that.”

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