A Lehighton man was given a time-served sentence on Tuesday in Carbon County court on charges of indecent assault and related counts.
He was one of several defendants who previously entered guilty pleas that were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.
East Penn incident
George Thomas Anger, 48, was sentenced to time served (288 days) to 23 months in prison on a charge of indecent assault. He was also sentenced to serve one year probation on counts of unlawful restraint and indecent exposure, with the probation running consecutive to the jail term.
Anger was also sentenced to a prison term in a unrelated case in which he had pleaded guilty. He pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy-theft by deception. He was charged by Nesquehoning police with passing fraudulent money orders at the county prison where he was an inmate on the sexual assault charges. He was arrested Nov. 1, 2010. In that case Serfass sentenced him to serve one to 12 months in prison, concurrent to the assault charge.
In the sexual assault case Anger and the victim, a 39-year-old female from Lehighton, were at a community center. They left the center together with Anger offering to drive her home. At some point Anger deviated from the course to the victim's residence and drove her to a field off S. Dieters Hill Road in East Penn Township.
At that point he sexually assaulted her and then drove her home. State police at Lehighton filed the charges. The incident occurred on Sept. 19, 2010.
Defense Atty. Joseph D. Perilli told Serfass that Anger has mental health issues. He said efforts are currently underway to place Anger in group home setting for those with mental health problems.
Because the indecent assault case comes under Megan's Law, Anger must register as a sexual offender for the next 10 years. Serfass also ordered he supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, get a mental health evaluation, submit to a sexual offenders evaluation, have no contact with the victim and make restitution of $883.59 to the county prison in the money order case.
Howard Eugene Wolfe, 31, of Bath, was sentenced to serve six to 23 months in prison on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested on Aug. 23, 2009, along SR209 at Red Hill Rd., in Towamensing Township, by state police at Lehighton following a vehicle stop.
Wolfe is currently serving a nine to 23 months prison term in Lehigh County for a probation violation. A request by Perilli that the terms run concurrently was denied by Serfass who said the Carbon term will be consecutive to the Lehigh sentence.
On a charge of false identification to law enforcement Wolfe was placed on probation for a year, concurrent with the drug charge. Serfass also ordered him to get both drug and alcohol (D&A) and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.
William Witrosky, 40, of Summit Hill, was sentenced on charges of possession of a controlled substance, recklessly endangering another person (three counts) and fleeing or attempting to elude police.
He was arrested on May 15, 2009, along Bridge St. in Lehighton following a vehicle stop. The police report states 116 grams of marijuana was found in the vehicle.
On the possession count he was sentenced to serve one day less 12 months to one day less 24 months in the county prison followed by three years of probation. On the recklessly endangering counts and fleeing the same sentence was imposed all running concurrently.
He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, and make total restitution of $7,262.71.
He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on July 19 and was granted work release privileges.
Amy Blocker, 25, of Palmerton, was sentenced on charges of recklessly endangering another person and driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on March 17, 2010, along SR248 in Franklin Township. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance in her system.
At the time of the stop she had a three-year-old child in the car which led to the recklessly endangering charge.
On the reckless endangering charge Serfass sentenced her to serve one to 23 months in prison and on the DUI count 72 hours to six months in jail, with the terms running concurrently.
On the DUI count she was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000, license suspended for a year, get both a D&A and mental health evaluations, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and attend and complete parenting classes.
She is currently in the county prison on a probation violation.
Perilli told Serfass, "She has some demons she has to address," noting a long history of drug abuse by his client.
Dylan Smith, 21, of Nesquehoning, was placed on probation for 18 months on charges of criminal conspiracy-simple assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and four counts of harassment.
He was one of five arrested for an incident that occurred on July 14, 2010, in the Mt. Pocohontas development in Penn Forest Township.
State police at Fern Ridge responded to development to a report of a riot. Upon arrival troopers found a group of people who were involved in a fight. Several people sustained moderate to serious injuries in the melee including some of the defendants.
The probation term was imposed on the conspiracy and mischief counts. On the other charges, all summaries, he was fined a total of $800. He was also ordered to make total restitution to various victims in the amount of $509.29. He was also ordered not to have any contact with the victims, do not enter the development, render 25 hours of community service, get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance on D&A use.
He is the fifth and final defendant sentenced in the case.
John William Neville, 52, of Albrightsville, was sentenced on a DUI count. He was arrested on Sept. 15, 2009, along Saginaw Drive, in Penn Forest Township. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance in his system.
Serfass sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, license suspended for a year, and get a D&A evaluation.
He begins the jail term at 9 a.m. on July 19.
Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee.