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Lehighton man admits to assault incidents

Published December 15. 2010 05:00PM

A Lehighton man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two assault incidents and was sentenced to a county jail term. He was one of eight persons to enter guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Child a victim

Aaron Brian Ahner, 28, admitted to an assault of a then three-year-old male child at a residence along W. Sixth Street, in Jim Thorpe that occurred on Dec. 16, 2009.

He also admitted to an assault on Timothy Knopf at the Wal-Mart store in Mahoning Township which occurred on Feb. 13.

Nanovic sentenced him to serve 90 days to one year in jail followed by one year probation on each count, running concurrently. He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation (D&A) and follow any recommendation for treatment, attend anger management counseling and have no contact with either victim.

In the first case he was given credit for 93 days in jail and was paroled. On the second case he was given 64 days credit. He was granted immediate work release privileges.

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included:

Brendyn C. Augustine, 21, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested for an incident on April 11 in Mahoning Township at the 443 Auto Sales. The listed victims are William McGavern Sr., John Lennin Jr. and Michael Wypke.

Nanovic placed him on probation for 18 months and ordered he pay a fine of $500.

Steven John Berger, 22, of Tamaqua, pleaded to one count of posession of a controlled substance-marijuana. He was arrested on Oct. 19, 2008, in Lehighton. He was also originally charged with crimianl mischief-damaging property of Danielle Stein and Michael Feller.

Nanovic placed him on probation for two years and ordered he get a D&A evaluation. He was given credit for one day spent in jail.

Kira Cesanek, 29, of Hazleton, pleaded to one count each of criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy and criminal mischief in two pending cases. She was arrested for an incident on July 1, 2009, by agents of the state Attorney General's office for drug activity at various locations in the first case and on Feb. 27 by state police at Lehighton for her part in a break-in in Lower Towamensing Township.

Nanovic deferred sentencing and ordered a presentence investitgation (PSI) be prepared by the adult probation office. She was also scheduled to be sentence in another case but that was deferred to a later date.

Sean Brian Hoffman, 20, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count of possession of a prohibited offensive weapon. He was arrested on Dec. 31, 2008, by Nesquehoning police along SR93. He had a switchblade knife in his possession.

Nanovic placed him on probation for six months.

Dietrick Ryan Hosier, 20, of Weissport, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on June 16 in Lehighton when he was found to have in his possession a hyprodemic needle.

He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and if not actively involved in a inpatient treatment facility must submit five employment applicatons for per week and provide proof to the adult probation office.

Each defendant sentenced must pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.

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