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Elderly Barnesville man admits to sexual assault of young boy

Published May 31. 2013 05:02PM

An elderly Barnesville man pleaded guilty to sex charges in the Schuylkill Court and the judge ordered he be evaluated by a state sex offender's board before sentencing. Nine other area defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Gene S. Lutz, 79. of 36 Hillside Road, entered a guilty plea to one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and under the plea agreement a second charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and charges of corruption of minors and indecent assault to be nol pros.

The court ordered Lutz to submit to an assessment with the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board and a pre-sentence investigative report prepared by the adult probation department. Sentence will be made after the court receives both reports.

Lutz was cited by Rush Township Patrolman Corey Herring, who said he had sexually abused a young boy on a period of time.

Michael E. Ruckhardt, 31, of 10 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, forgery, placed on probation 23 months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and make restitution of $2,300 to Dale Smith, Rush Township, whose wallet he stole and forged two checks according to the police report filed by Rush Sgt. Duane Frederick.

Gregory Andrew Macalush, 21, of 21 W. Third St., Jim Thorpe, retail theft, placed on probation 23 months, pay $50 to CJEA fund, $50 to the district attorney's office for a bench warrant, and make restitution of $144 to Tamaqua Game Shop, Plaza Drive, Rush Township. He was cited by Sgt. Frederick.

Kyle Robert Marx, 24, of 141 Coal St., Cumbola, Blythe Township, fleeing police, sentenced to serve six to 23 months in the county prison beginning Monday, June 3, at 9 a.m.

On a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months with the sentence to run concurrent, fined $1,000, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to MCARE fund, $50 to CJEA fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center (SMC), attend alcohol highway safety school, receive outpatient treatment, perform 10 hours community service.

On summary charges of failing to wear a seat belt, failing to activate turning signals when required, failing to drive on right side of road and failing to drive on roadway laned for traffic was fined $100 plus $200 costs. Marx was cited by Trooper John B. Carr after a being stopped following a chase on numerous roadways between Saint Clair and Blythe Township.

Paul David Weirich, 25, of 105 Miner St., Coaldale, theft and giving false information to police, sentenced to serve three to 23 months in the county prison, however, since he had already served the minimum sentence was granted immediate parole, pay $50 to CJEA fund, and make restitution of $625 to Freida Kralik Wagner, Coaldale, from whose property he removed personal items according to the report of Patrolman Joseph Krebs. On a charge of criminal mischief was fined $25 and costs.

Elizabeth Ann Ringlaben, 18, of 20 W. Washington St., McAdoo, harassment, was fined $200. Under the plea agreement charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct were nol pros. She was cited by McAdoo Chief Jeffrey Wainwright, and the victim was Crystal Decker, 218 E. Washington St.

Christopher Jay Jones, 35, of 209 W. Sherman St., McAdoo, criminal trespass on private property and theft, placed on probation 23 months pay $50 to CJEA fund, and make restitution of $40. On a charge of criminal mischief was fined $75 and costs. Jones was cited by Trooper Vincent A. LaSelva Jr.

Tracy Shide, 58, of 214 W. Sherman St., McAdoo, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance to a confidential informant (CI) at her home. The court deferred sentence to a later date to await medical reports to be presented by the defendant. Shide was cited by Patrolman William Curilla.

Tyler Shortway, 21, of 2593 Buck Mountain Road, Weatherly, delivery of a controlled substance (heroin) for $60 to a CI in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in Tamaqua, sentenced to serve 23 months to two years in the county prison with credit for having served 15 days in a rehab center, pay $100 to SAE fund, and make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab. Shortway was cited by Patrolman Thomas Charles Rodges.

Christopher Lance Buck, 27, Ashland, fleeing to avoid apprehension by police, sentenced to serve one to 23 months in the county prison with the sentence to begin Monday, June 3, at 9 a.m., and pay $50 to CJEA fund.

On summary charges of operating an all terrain vehicle on the streets or highway, fined $25; failing to have the atv registered, fined $25; and driving while his license was suspended fined $200 plus $150 in costs. Buck was cited by Ashland Officer Richard Haraschak III.

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

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