A Slatington man, scheduled to go on trial Wednesday morning in Carbon County court on charges of rape and other sexual assault offenses, instead entered into a plea bargain with the district attorney's office and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.
Justin Lee Greene, 24, pleaded to one count of indecent assault as a jury panel waited in the jury deliberation room ready to hear the case.
In exchange for the plea the DA dropped the most serious offenses of rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, along with one count each of sexual assault and another indecent assault count.
Senior Judge Richard W. Webb accepted the plea but deferred sentencing to a later date and ordered the adult probation office prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report.
Under the terms of the plea bargain, Greene faces a minimum prison sentence, in the standard range of state sentencing guildelines, of between three and 14 months.
Greene was charge by Palmerton Officer Michael F. Fedor.
According to the affidavit of probable cause Fedor was contacted by the county communications center on March 26 to go the Blue Mountain Health Systems Lehighton Campus for a female at the facility reporting she had been raped.
Fedor's investigation revealed the victim and a girlfriend were at the Palmerton Hotel about 10 p.m. on March 25 and met two males. The victim gave one of the males her cell phone number. They left the bar about 12:50 a.m. on March 26 and the girlfriend took the victim home.
About 1 a.m. or a short time later the two males arrived at the victim's apartment. They entered the apartment. When the girl went to her bedroom, the two males followed and the attack occurred. The investigation revealed one of the two men was Greene, who the victim later identified as the man who sexually assaulted her. in a photo lineup.
The victim now resides in Ohio and is 27 years old. She told Webb after the plea was accepted how the incident has affected her life.
She said she entered a mental health facility shortly after the incident and droppd out of college, unable to consentrate on her studies. She said she sleeps on a couch now because she can not sleep in a bed because of what happened. She spoke of other ways her life has changed because of the incident.
Webb told her to met with the adult probation office personnel prior to returning to Ohio to give them a statement which would be made part of the PSI.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Ann Dyrda Hatton. Attorney Anthony J. Martino represents Greene.