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Luzerne woman convicted of resisting gets probation

Published October 25. 2011 05:01PM

A Luzerne County woman, who was convicted by a jury of two of three criminal charges filed against her, was sentenced on Monday in Carbon County court to a lengthy probation period.

Christine M. Sosnak, 42, of Dupont, was placed on probation for 24 months by Judge Steven R. Serfass on a charge of resisting arrest and one year probation on a charge of persistent disorderly conduct. The terms run concurrently. On a summary disorderly conduct charge, in which Serfass found her guilty, she was fined $300 and costs.

On Sept. 13 a jury panel found her guilty of the charges following a one day trial, in which she represented herself. She was found not guilty of one count of simple assault.

Jim Thorpe police charged her in connection with an incident at the home of Charlene Calhoun, of 20 E. Third St. Testimony at trial indicated that Sosnak went to Calhoun's home on June 22, 2010, at the latter's resquest to get items that belonged to her. Calhoun and Sosnak had a relationship that ended in May of 2010.

At the residence the two women got into a dispute during which Calhoun said she was assaulted by Sosnak. Police were called to the home and told Sosnak to leave. She resisted and had to be physically removed from the home. That led to the resisting charge and conduct count. The assault charge stemmed from the allegation by Calhoun that Sosnak assaulted her.

Sosnak told Serfass Monday that the entire criminal process had taken over two years and she lost a good job. She said at the time of the incident she was going through a period of depression and was receiving counseling for it.

Calhoun, however, told Serfass she still feared for her safety. She said Sosnak violated a protection from abuse (PFA) order issued by Serfass and also had another one imposed for a year by the court.

She also said the ordeal has gone on because Sosnak first agreed to placement in the probationary Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program, withdrew from it, was going to plead guilty, changed her mind and went to trial. Calhoun said she has been in and out of court for over two years and it has taken a toll on her.

Serfass also ordered Sosnak to get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, render three hours of community service per month while on probation, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee and all court costs.

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