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Former local band director gets probation in Pa. crash

November 20, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

A former local band director who was charged in May in a domestic dispute that ended in a three-vehicle crash near Philadelphia pleaded guilty on Monday to three counts of recklessly endangering another person, a Pennsylvania court official said.

John Edward Eckstine Jr., 55, whose last address was listed as 388 Key Circle in Hagerstown, was sentenced to four years of probation and 60 hours of community service, according to a Montgomery County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas clerk.

The clerk said Eckstine also must take anger management counseling and cannot have contact with the co-defendant.

Eckstine was charged with stalking, harassment, disorderly conduct and careless driving. Charges of simple assault, giving a false report to police and reckless endangering were dropped.

Eckstine and an acquaintance, Jacqueline Alegado, last known address of 13 Castle Drive in Limerick, Pa., were accused of engaging in a vehicle chase in Lower Pottsgrove Township, Pa., following a domestic dispute on May 2, according to published reports.

The Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department said at the time that no one was seriously injured as a result of the crash, but Eckstine and Alegado had injuries from being in a physical altercation before the crash.

Eckstine was band director at Boonsboro, Clear Spring and Williamsport high schools from 1980 to 2000, according to records provided by Washington County Public Schools.

He also taught band at the Spring-Ford (Pa.) School District near Philadelphia until he resigned in May shortly after the accident.

Eckstine said in May that he lived at a home on Key Circle in Hagerstown and rented an apartment in Montgomery County, Pa.

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