A Weatherly man pleaded guilty to a corruption of minors charge on Tuesday in Carbon County court admitting he inappropriately touched a young girl. He was one of several defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.
Daniel Shields, 60, of 623 E. Second St., was charged by Weatherly police for an incident on Nov. 29, 2009, at a store in the borough. Police said Shields entered the store and while at a counter he reached over it and touched a 17-year-old girl on the chest area. He then made, what police called, vuglar remarks to the girl. The girl was employed as a clerk at the store.
Defense Atty. Gregory Mousseau said Shields was a little too talkative and friendly and "went to far" in this matter. He said Shields had no other contacts with the law and was a long time postal worker in the borough and was well-known.
District Attorney Gary F. Dobias, who agreed to drop an indecent assault count in a plea agreement, said Shields cooperated fully with police but that what he did was not appropriate and he had to pay a price.
Serfass placed Shields on probation for two years and ordered he have no contact with the victim or her family, banned him from entering the business, identified as TJ's One Stop, and get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment.
Shields also pleaded to a summary offense of harassment and was fined $100 and costs.
Other defendants in pending cases to pleaded guilty included:
Jacqueline Trubilla, 47, of Coaldale, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on Aug. 30, 2009, along White Bear Drive in Summit Hill after being involved in an accident. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.
Serfass sentenced her to serve 48 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $500 and a one year license suspension. She was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment. She started her jail term at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Mark J. Rossi, 25, of Drums, Luzerne County, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Sept. 13, 2009, along E. Main St., in Weathelry, after a vehicle stop.
Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a D&A evaluation. On a summary speeding charge he was fined $67 and costs.
Kyle Kehrli, 21, of Lansford, pleaded to one count each of DUI and driving under suspension-DUI related. He was arrested on Sept. 27, 2009, at Bertsch and Tunnel sts., in Lansford. Given a test, the result was .18BAC and also indicated the presence of marijuana.
On the DUI count Serfass sentenced him to serve 90 days to five years in jail, a fine of $1,500 and license suspended for 18 months. On the suspension count he was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail, a fine of $1,000 and will receive another year suspension. The jail terms run concurrently. He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation.
He begins the jail term at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29.
Robert Andrew Dougherty, 45, of Philadelphia, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Aug. 8, 2009, along SR534 in Kidder Township. Given a test, the result was .18.
Serfass placed him on probation for six months and imposed a fine of $300 and ordered a D&A evaluation.
Amber Cambria, 21, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded to one count of simple assault. She was arrested by Lansford police on May 15, 2009, for her part in a street fight in the area of Water and Tunnel sts. She was charged with assaulting a 14-year-old girl. A charge of aggravated assault was dropped in a plea bargain.
Serfass placed her on probation for a year and ordered she have no contact with the victim and must seek fulltime employment.
On a summary charge of disorderly conduct she was fined $300 and costs.
All defendants must also pay all court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.