Ten first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditons of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves 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.

Richard Vincent Bachert, 35, of Palmerton, was placed on a charge of simple assault. He was arrested on April 15 for an incidetn at his residence in Towamensing Township with his wife, Jennifer Lynn Bachert, the listed victim.

He was assessed $500 for the cost of the program, and ordered to get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, attend and complete anger management counseling, have no contact with the victim (except for custody matters), and render 50 hours of community service.

Paula Damario, 23, of Lansford, was placed on a charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana. She was arrested on July 12 in the area of 522 E. Bertsch St., by Lansford police.

She was assessed $350, and ordered to get both mental and drug and alcohol evalautions, and render 50 hours of community service.

Kristin N. Eschbach, 31, of Lehighton, was placed on a charge of possession of contraband at the prision-controlled substance (marijuana). The incident occurred on Aug. 5 and charged were filed by Nesquehoning police.

She was assessed $350, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and render 50 hours of community service.

Blaine William Farber, 52, of Lehighton, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on May 15 along SR895 in East Penn Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .02BAC.

He was assessed $450, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, license suspended for 60 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

Jonathan Alden Lapchak, 24, of Bloomsburg, was placed on a charge of DUI. He was arrested on May 18, along SR93 by Nesquehoning police. Given a test, the result showed the persence of a controlled substance.

He was assessed $450, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, license suspended for 60 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

Michael Gerard Lydon, 55, of Drexel Hill, Delaware County, was placed on a open lewdness charge. He was arrested on July 28 for an incident at Hickory Run State Park, in Kidder Township.

He was assessed $350, and ordered to render 50 hours of community service.

Anthony J. Maiello, 41, of Weatherly, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on April 28 along Plane St., in Weatherly, by borough police. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.

He was assessed $450, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, license suspended for 60 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

Narda U. Montrom, 47, of Lehighton, was placed on a DUI charge. She was arrested on Aug. 21, 2011, along SR248 in Franklin Township by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .12BAC.

She was assessed $400, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 30 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

David Thomas Steele, 48, of Stroudsburg, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Aug. 4 along SR1002 in Kidder Township, by township police. Given a test, the result was .18BAC.

He was assessed $450, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 60 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

Sarah Yusella, 24, of Coaldale, was placed on a charge of theft. She was arrested by Summit Hill police for an incident in which jewelry was taken from the residence of Mary Yusella.

She was assessed $350 and ordered to make restitution totaling $1,180, which is one half of the total. There is a co-defendant in the case. She must also render 50 hours of community service.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.