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Schuylkill County sentences

Schuylkill County judges accepted guilty pleas from four people charged by local police.

A Tamaqua man will serve up to 23 months in Schuylkill County Prison after admitting to a charge of corruption of minors.

Anthony L. Keiper, 36, of Tamaqua, was granted immediate parole, and must register as a Tier 1 sex offender for 15 years.

He’ll also be evaluated by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to determine whether he should be classified as a sexually violent predator.

He’ll also serve four years on probation, and pay a $50 monthly supervision fee.

Judge James P. Goodman also ordered him to provide a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.

Rush Township police charged Keiper with indecent assault of a person under age 13 and indecent exposure on Jan. 6, 2022. Those charges were dropped in the plea deal.

Jason Edward Bankes, 30, of Mahanoy City, admitted to driving under the influence and driving without a license.

On the DUI charge, Senior Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin sentenced him to pay court costs; pay a $300 fine; pay a total of $225 in fees; pay a $50 monthly supervision fee; perform 10 hours of community service; and serve six months on probation.

On the license charge, Judge Dolbin fined Bankes $200 and ordered him to pay a total of $77 in fees.

West Penn Township Police charged Bankes with fleeing or attempting to elude an office; driving under the influence, incapable of driving safely; reckless driving; and driving while his license was suspended or revoked on July 16, 2022. The fleeing and reckless driving charges were dismissed in district court.

Czar Thomas Founds, 25, of Tamaqua, admitted to theft by unlawful taking, and Judge Charles M. Miller sentenced him to pay court costs; pay $20 to the victim, Tamaqua Animal Rescue; serve time served to 12 months in jail, with immediate parole; and to obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation and comply with any recommended treatment.

Founds was also charged by Tamaqua police with receiving stolen property on Jan. 31; the charge was dropped.

Brooke Nicole Erbe, 26, of Sweet Valley, Luzerne County, admitted to retail theft.

Judge Goodman sentenced her to 12 months probation, and a $50 money supervision fee. He also ordered her to submit a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee; pay a $50 bench warrant fee; and to pay a total of $150 in other fees.