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Lansford man given state prison term for endangering young girl

A Lansford man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday after pleading guilty to a charge of recklessly endangering another person.

Robert C. Ahn III, 37, was sentenced to serve six to 30 months in a state correctional institution on the charge. He was also sentenced to serve three to 24 months in a state prison on a charge of possession of an offensive weapon, which he previously pleaded to. That term runs concurrent with the first count.

Ahn was arrested by Lansford police on April 8 when officers were dispatched to East Snyder Avenue to a report of an assault. On scene officers found a 4-year-old girl with facial, head and upper arm bruising.

Police learned that Ahn’s girlfriend left the girl in his care while she went shopping. When she returned she saw the bruising on the girl and called police.

Ahn admitted to a long-term battle with illegal substances.

He said, “This whole situation is from drugs.”

He said he went to the Salvation Army inpatient program and successfully completed it and was drug-free for about two years. He said he then stopped going to counseling sessions and got back with the same people he was with when he was doing drugs. He said, “Everything went downhill from there.”

He said he feels the state system is the best place for him because of the drug programs they offer.

In addition to the prison term, Matika ordered him to render a total of 75 hours of community service when paroled, get a drug and alcohol evaluation, zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use, attend and successfully complete anger management and parenting counseling, and pay court costs of about $1,000.

He was given credit for a total of 106 days spent in prison to date on the charges.