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Nesquehoning teen sent to state prison for assault

Published January 18. 2011 05:00PM

A Nesquehoning teen was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in Carbon County court on chares of aggravated assault and indecent assault on a woman in a wooded area in Lansford.

Dean Tessitore, 19, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve 30 to 72 months in prison. Tessitore pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2009. The sentencing of Tessitore had been continued many times as he underwent mental health evaluations.

Tessitore was 17 when he assaulted the woman on April 3, 2009, in a wooded area off the east end of Ridge Street. Tessitore was adjudicated to adult court on a motion filed by the district attorney's office.

According to borough police Tessitore was walking with the then 39-year-old victim when he beat her about the head and face "severely" and then when she begged him to stop, he made her perform a sex act on him. After she did he again started to assault her.

The woman managed to run from the woods to a nearby home where she got help. She was hospitalized for two days, according to Assistant District Attorney James Lavelle, who prosecuted the case.

In addition to the jail term Nanovic ordered Tessitore to supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, make restitution to the victim for $150, get both a drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment, no contact with the victim, obtain his General Education Diploma (GED) and when released on parole pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee.

The case falls under Megan's Law and he must register as a sexual offender with the state police when released and also undergo a sexual offenders evaluation.

Tessitore, who has been in prison since his arrest the day of the incident, was given credit for 655 days spent in prison on the charges.

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