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Lansford man sentenced for assault on sleeping woman

Published April 20. 2010 05:00PM

A Lansford man was sentenced on Monday to time served on one count of indecent assault.

Thomas Charles Witter, 34, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to 57 days to 18 months on the count and was immediately paroled. The sentence also includes two years of probation.

Lansford police charged Witter for an incident on March 23, 2007. A female told officers she came to Witter's home after a night of "bar hopping" with other female friends and drank some more alcohol at the home. She fell asleep and woke up when she felt someone touching her.

Witter was lying next to her naked from the waist down as was she. Witter previously entered a guilty plea to the count and at the time only admitted to inappropriately touching the woman and not forcing himself on her.

Because the case falls under the provisions of Megan's Law, Witter must register as a sexual offender for 10 years with the state police. Nanovic also ordered that he get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance on drug or alcohol use, continue mental health counseling, and have no contact with the victim.

Witter must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee.

Pleads guilty

Todd G. Fatzinger, 45, of Palmerton, pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver. He was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office at his residence.

Nanovic deferred sentencing and ordered a presentence investigation (PSI) report be prepared by the adult probation office.

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