A former Lehighton area resident, who now lists is address as the Carbon County prison in Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to a charge of escape on Tuesday in the county court and was immediately sentenced to a prison term.

Ryan Lee Filer, 23, was charged after he failed to return to the county prison after being released to enter the Salvation Army rehabilitation program in Scranton. In his order to release filed, President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II said if Filer did not successfully complete the program he had to report back to the prison or be considered an escapee.

Filer failed to complete the program and left the rehab on July 5, 2009, but did not return to the prison. Nesquehoning police then charged him with escape on information supplied by Duty Warden Timothy Fritz.

Nanovic sentenced Filer to serve six to 18 months in prison, ordered he get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee.

He was granted work release privileges. The prison term runs conccurrent with one he is currently serving which runs through October.