Former Carbon man pleads to indecent exposure count
A former Carbon County man pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent exposure on Tuesday in the county court. He was one of 12 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea.
Travis Williams, 22, of Allentown, and formerly of Lansford, pleaded to the charge before Judge Steven R. Serfass for an incident in Lansford that occurred in or around Sept. 1, 2010.
Lansford police charged that Williams exposed himself to a then 12-year-old girl at a residence along W. Ridge St. He was also charged with indecent assault for allegedly having inappropriate contact with the girl. That charge was dropped in a plea bargain with the district attorney's office.
Serfass, at the request of defense Atty. George Dydynsky, deferred sentencing. Dydynsky told Serfass his client has been receiving counseling for the past several months and he wanted to present to the court a report on the counseling sessions.
Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included:
Raymond Robert Kochin Jr., 19, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count of corruption of a minor. He was arrested on Feb. 7 by Weatherly police for an incident involving a then 10-year-old girl. Charges of unlawful contact with a minor and sexual explortation of a child were dropped in a plea bargain.
Weatherly police alleged that Kochin suppled alcohol and cocaine to the girl. Assistant District Attorney Jean A. Engler told Serfass the plea agreement was reached with the approval of the mother of the victim.
Serfass deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI).
James Hunsinger, 33, of Freeland, and formerly of Weatherly, pleaded to one count of theft. He was charged by Weatherly police with removing a laptop computer and Playstation from the home of his brother, Paul Hunsinger.
Serfass deferred sentencing to a later date.
Richard Harvilla, 36, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested by Lansford police for an incident that occurred in the area of 17 S. Walnut St. on July 1.
Police were called four times to incidents involving Harvilla in which he was intoxicated. After his arrest was released on bail but had it revoked for violating a condition, consuming alcohol.
Serfass sentenced him to time served (56 days) to five months in jail and ordered he get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment and zero tolerance on D&A use.
Robert James Moore Jr., of Shippensburg, pleaded to one count of recklessly endangering another person. He was arrested by Nesquehoning police following an incident on Aug. 23, 2010, that began in Rush Township, Schuylkill County, and ended in Kidder Township.
Nesquehoning police received a call that Rush police were chasing two motorcycles operators along SR54 headed towards the borough.
Nesquehoning police attempted to stop the two but they sped through the borough and into Jim Thorpe, then up SR903 in Penn Forest Township and then into Kidder where Moore lost control of the bike and was taken into custody.
Speeds reached 120 miles-per-hour during the chase.
Engler said the other cyclist was never caught but Moore cooperated with police and identified the other driver. As part of a plea bargain Moore has agreed to testify for the Commonwealth against the other driver.
Serfass deferred sentencing at the request of Engler and agreed to by defense Attorney Paul Levy.
David P. Ochner Jr., 28, of Beaver Meadows, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was charged with his part in the theft of a International model tow truck in Weatherly. The tow truck was recovered and no damages were noted. However, there are other defendants involved in the case, Engler said, who have their cases pending.
Serfass placed Ochner on probation for a year and ordered to perform three hours of community service per month while on probation. He was given credit for eight days spent in jail on the charge.
Michael Kristen Peters, 39, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of harassment, as a summary offense, for an incident that occurred on Dec. 14, 2010, at his residence. Police responded to a domestic incident involving his then girlfriend, Renee Gibbons.
The police report indicated Peters had struck Gibbons in an eye causing brusing. In a plea bargain a charge of simple assault was dropped. Peters told Serfass he and Gibbons are attempting to reconcile.
Serfass imposed a fine of $300. It was noted Peters attended and completed anger management counseling.
Francis Steven Vilcheck, 31, of Saint Clair, pleaded to one count of possession of an access card knowing it was counterfeit or altered.
He was arrested by Weatherly police for using a credit card given to him by Raymond Kochin which was not the property of Kochin.
Serfass placed Vilcheck on probation for a year and ordered he get a mental health evaluation and make restitution to the Bank of America for $69.59 charged to the credit card.
Joseph Gennaro Marino, 20, of Allentown, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on June 30, 2009, by state police for an incident in East Penn Township during a vehicle stop.
Marino was previously placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders but was revoked for violating conditions.
Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a D&A evaluation and render 25 hours of community service. He was given credit for 23 days spent in jail on the charge.
Susan A. Nicgorski, 46, of Warrington, Bucks County, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on Aug. 15, 2010, along SR1003 in Kidder Township.
Serfass sentenced her to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $300 and one year license suspension. She must also get a D&A evaluation. She will begin the jail term on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m.
James Edward Thrash, 66, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested by Weatherly police along Main St. Given a test, the result was .25BAC.
Serfass placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300 and get a D&A evaluation.
Victor M. Nunez-angustia, 28, of Allentown, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Aug. 28, 2010, along Broad St., in Beaver Meadows, during a checkpoint operation. Given a test, the result was .16BAC.
Serfass placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation and render three hours of community service a month while on probation.
Two defendants were placed in the county's ARD probation program for first time offenders. If they successfully complete all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
Sean R. Trinkle, 42, of Lansford, was placed for two years on a charge of recklessly endangering another person. He was arrested by Summit Hill police for an incident on April 21, in what police called a road rage. The listed victims were Rosemary and Brandi Brown.
He was orderd to pay $350 for the cost of the program, attend and complete anger management counseling and render 25 hours of community service.
Paul Charles Walck, 26.of Lansford, was placed for 18 months on a charge of simple assault. He was arrested on Jan. 21 by Lansford police for an incident at his residence involving his father, Steve Walck, as the victim.
Serfass ordered he pay $350 for the cost of the program, get both a D&A and mental health evaluations and render three hours of community service per month while in the program.
Each defendant sentenced and placed in the ARD must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.