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Virginia man placed on probation for indecent assault

A Virginia man was placed on probation on Tuesday in Carbon County court on a charge of indecent assault.

Thomas David Place, 35, of Alexandria, was placed on probation for a year by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Place previously entered his plea for an incident on June 28, 2020, at the Woods Campground near Lehighton.

State police at Lehighton said that an employee of a cable company was at the campground installing cable service at a cabin where Place was staying when the defendant made sexual advances toward the victim.

Place was evaluated by the state sexual offenders assessment board and found not to be a sexual violent predator.

Place told the court, “I’m truly sorry.”

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer L. Rapa, who prosecuted the case, said the victim was in agreement with the plea deal which called for a probationary sentence.

Matika also ordered Place to follow all registration requirements of Megan’s Law, render 50 hours of community service, pay court costs of over $1,000, pay a $50 per month supervision fee and have no contact with the victim.

He must also register as a sexual offender for the next 15 years.