A Palmerton man was placed on a long probation period on Monday in Carbon County court on a charge of indecent assault.

Earl William Scott, 52, was placed for two years by Judge Steven R. Serfass. Scott previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

Scott was arrested by state police at Lehighton after a 17-year-old girl reported in January that the defendant had sexually assaulted her about eight or nine years earlier at a residence in Lower Towamensing Township.

When confronted by police Scott admitted to the assault

Scott underwent an evaluation by the state sexual offenders evaluation board and was found not to be a violent sexual predator. If he had been found to be a violent sexual predator he would have had to register for life as a sexual offender.

Serfass said he was placing Scott on the maximum probation period only because of Scott's circumstances and that the arresting officer agreed to the probation term.

Additionally, Scott was ordered to render 100 hours of community service, get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, submit to sexual offenders counseling, have no contact with the victim, and per Megan's Law, must register with the state police for the next 15 years as a sexual offender.

He must also pay court costs of about $1,000 and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation.