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Ready for trial, defendant takes deal and enters plea

Published January 10. 2014 05:00PM

A Carbon County man was scheduled to go on trial Thursday in the county court but instead made a plea bargain with the district attorney's office and entered a guilty plea in the pending case.

Russell Alan O'Gorman, 45, of Lansford, was scheduled to face a jury on charges of unlawful contact with minors (a felony three), and misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of children, indecent exposure, and indecent assault.

The jury panel was selected on Monday to hear the matter before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

In the plea agreement, the DA agreed to amend the criminal complaint to add the charge of simple assault. O'Gorman then pleaded to that charge with all the other counts dropped in the deal.

O'Gorman was charged by Jim Thorpe police with incidents that allegedly occurred in the area of Sam Miller Baseball Field, North Avenue, during the time frame of August to October 2011.

The alleged victim was a then 15-year-old female. Police charged that O'Gorman exposed himself and inappropriately touched the female.

Matika accepted the plea and sentenced O'Gorman to serve one to 18 months in the county prison.

He was also ordered to render 25 hours of community service, pay court costs, $50 per month supervision fee while on parole, and not have any contact with the victim or her family.

O'Gorman will not be serving any more time since he was given credit for 318 days he has already spent in jail on the charges and was immediately paroled.

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