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Tamaqua man sentenced to jail term for assault on boy

Published March 26. 2010 05:00PM

A Tamaqua man was sentenced to a county jail term on Thursday afternoon in Carbon County court for sexually assaulting a young boy.

Ricky Lee Propst, 42, of 125 W. Spruce St., was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve five months to one day less two years on a single count of indecent assault. Propst previously pleaded guilty to the charge. A more serious count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse was dropped in a plea bargain.

Propst was charged by Lehighton police for incidents that occured in May 2007. The boy said Propst made him perform a sexual act on him on two occasions. However, at the plea hearing on Jan. 7, 2009, Propst denied that he made the boy perform a sex act on him but admitted he "touched" the boy inappropriately in private areas.

Defense Atty. Joseph Perilli told Nanovic that when confronted by police Propst cooperated and admitted his guilt. Perilli said, "He's extremely regretful for what he did." It was noted by the court that Propst had a prior conviction for indecent exposure dating back to 1992.

Nanovic said the jail term would be followed by two years of probation. He also ordered Propst to have no contact with the victim or his family, get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, submit to a sexual offenders evaluation, and supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.

Propst falls under the provisions of Megan's Law. He must register with the state police for 10 years and report to them periodically as required by the law. An evaluation conduct by the state resulted in Propst not being found a violent sexual predator, which means he does not have to register for life.

He was given credit for 52 days spent in jail on the charges. He begins the jail term at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 29.

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