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Carbon man admits to indecent assault, corruption of a minor

Published September 07. 2013 09:00AM

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty on Friday in the county court to having inappropriate contact with a then 14-15 year old girl.

Blaine William Kirchner, 50, of Palmerton, pleaded guilty before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to one count each of indecent assault (a misdemeanor two), corruption of a minor (a felony three), and indecent exposure (misdemeanor one). In exchange for the plea the district attorney's office dropped charges of rape, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

Kirchner was charged by state police at Lehighton for incidents that occurred over a period of August 2011 to September 23, 2012.

Nanovic deferred sentencing and said that the charges fall under the provisions of Megan's Law and Kirchner must undergo a sexual offenders evaluation to determine if he is a sexual violent predator. If the evaluation determines he is, then he will have to register for life as a sexual offender.

Nanovic also ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report.

After accepting the plea the father of the victim said he wanted Kirchner to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. He said his daughter is mentally challenged girl who Kirchner took advantage. He said she is receiving counseling and has nightmares about the ordeal. He said, "No one knows how long this will affect her."

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