Three first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked, then the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Those placed were:

James Edward Bauer, 55, of Palmerton, was placed for a year on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on July 4, 2009, along Blakeslle Blvd., in Mahoning Township. Given a test, the result was .08BAC.

He was ordered to pay $350 for the program, and get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment.

Glenn Evans Gehret, 47, of Albrightsville, was placed for a year on a charge of simple assault. He was arrested on Dec. 17, 2009, by state police following a domestic incident at his residence involving his wife, Karen Lee Gehret, as the victim.

He was ordered to pay $500 for the program, render 15 hours of community service and attend anger management counseling sessions.

Kyle M. Medash, 20, of Drifton, Luzerne County, was placed for six months on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested on Nov. 26, 2009, in the 500 block of North St., Jim Thorpe.

He was ordered to pay $500 for the program, get a D&A evaluation and render 10 hours of community service.

Each defendant must pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.