Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.
If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if a person does not complete the program or is revoked from it, the commonwealth has the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted. They included:
Thomas Earl Lehman III, 20, of Amherst, Va., and Joshua S. Plocinik, 23, of Lehighton, were both placed on three pending cases in which the two were allegedly involved.
The two were charged with theft from vehicle incidents in Lehighton that occurred on April 3. The two were charged by borough police with theft from a vehicle, criminal conspiracy-theft from a vehicle and possession of an instrument of crime.
Each was ordered to pay $500 for the cost of the program, make total restitution of $880.38 and render 20 hours of community service.
Douglas David Eckhart, 67, of Palmerton, was placed on a charge of indecent assault without consent. He was arrested by state police at Lehighton for an incident on Nov. 23, 2009. Allegedly, he met a woman through an advertisement in a magazine, and met her at a location in the county. During that meeting he allegedly made improper advances with her, troopers said.
Webb ordered he pay $500 for the cost of the program and render 15 hours of community service.
Elizabeth Marianna Finkel, 47, of Palmerton, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on March 9 along Spruce Hollow Rd., in Lower Towamensing Township. Given a test, the result was .09BAC.
She was ordered to pay $350 for the cost of the program and get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment.
Robert John Schreiber, 39, of Bensalem, Bucks County, was placed on a charge of DUI. He was arrested on March 29 along Thunder Lane, in East Penn Township. Given a test, the result was .25BAC.
He was ordered to pay $450 for cost of the program, get a D&A evaluation and his license suspended for 60 days.
Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.