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by DON AINES | May 8, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County man has been designated a sexually violent predator, which will trigger community notification procedures required under Pennsylvania's version of Megan's Law. Shawn Paul Lesher, 22, no fixed address, will be subject to registration with the Pennsylvania State Police, community notification and sex offender counseling for life, according to state law. Common Pleas Court...
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by DON AINES | June 5, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -Two Franklin County men convicted of sexual assaults against minors have received the designation of sexually violent predator and will be listed as such for the rest of their lives under Pennsylvania's version of Megan's Law. Shawn Paul Lesher, 22, no fixed address, received the designation during a hearing before Judge Carol Van Horn earlier this year. On Wednesday, she sentenced Lesher to two to 10 years in state prison on a charge of aggravated indecent assault, a second-degree felony.
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by DON AINES | June 13, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -An abused child who grew up to be a child abuser, Luke Feitner will have the designation of sexually violent predator follow him for the rest of his life. Feitner, 29, of 5842 Tick Ridge Road in Waynesboro, Pa., was sentenced to 31/2 to 10 years in state prison and will be subject to the community notification of Pennsylvania's version of Megan's Law as long as he lives. "He was on parole for a substantially similar event when this event occurred," Assistant District Attorney Nancy Meyers told Judge John R. Walker prior to sentencing.
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November 23, 2001
Hamilton Township man sentenced on rape charge By STACEY DANZUSO / chbbureau@innernet.net CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hamilton Township man who raped a woman in her home last year was sentenced to serve up to 11 years in state prison Wednesday and ordered to report to police as a sexually violent predator. Carl Eugene Henry, 26, was charged with rape in the June 5, 2000, assault in which he followed the 19-year-old victim into the bathroom of her home in the Boardwalk Mobile Home Park and forced her to have sex, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
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by DON AINES | November 22, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A former Maryland prison guard who pleaded no contest earlier this year to molesting a boy will have to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life after a hearing Monday in Franklin County Court. Judge John R. Walker ordered that David S. Ardinger, 40, formerly of Mercersburg, Pa., be designated a sexually violent predator and thus subject to the lifetime registration requirements of Pennsylvania's Megan's Law once he is released from prison.
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by DON AINES | February 22, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Harrisburg, Pa., man convicted of attempting to rape a school teacher qualifies as a sexually violent predator under Pennsylvania's version of Megan's Law, according to a behavioral psychologist. Douglas Paul Wingert's record of sexual offenses over more than 20 years "stood out the most," Dr. Robert Stein of Lancaster, Pa., testified during the hearing Monday before Franklin County Judge Carol Van Horn. The designation would require police to notify neighbors of where Wingert lives for the rest of his life, according to state law. Van Horn said she would issue a ruling on the designation later and scheduled Wingert's sentencing for March 9. "This statute was written specifically for people like Douglas Paul Wingert," Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Nancy Meyers told Van Horn.
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By DON AINES | March 6, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hagerstown man convicted of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl while he was an assistant band instructor at Greencastle-Antrim High School was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to four to 23 months in jail. Malcomb McCoy, 40, of 11005 Coventry Lane pleaded guilty Dec. 5, 2007, to one count of sexual abuse of a child for having images of a minor portraying or simulating sexual acts on his computer, according to court records. Judge Douglas W. Herman ordered that McCoy have no contact with the victim or any unsupervised contact with a female under the age of 18. "When I look in the mirror, I see a girl everyone thinks is getting better," the 16-year-old girl said in a statement she read to the court.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | March 6, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com William Charles Johnson, 72, was sentenced to up to 20 years in state prison Friday in Franklin County Court, according to Franklin County assistant district attorney Angela Krom. Presiding Judge John R. Walker sentenced Johnson, of 3486 Clayhill Road, to 7 years, 9 months to 20 years in prison for molesting two Waynesboro girls, Krom said. At a hearing before Friday's sentencing, Johnson was designated as a sexually violent predator, Krom said.
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by DON AINES | June 10, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. A Cumberland County man pleaded guilty Friday in Franklin County Court to sexually assaulting half a dozen boys and will serve 15 to 30 years in state prison. Edgar Vincent Stine, 72, of 111 Railroad Lane in Shippensburg, Pa., pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse as an accomplice and one count of misdemeanor indecent assault, Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams said. "I wanted to get something for each victim named" in the case, Williams said.
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By DON AINES | May 16, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man likely will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a jury convicted him Thursday on multiple charges of sexual assault against eight girls. A jury of nine men and three women deliberated two hours before convicting Willie H. Brown on charges of molesting eight girls over a period of several years. Brown, 60, of 219 Hackberry Drive, was convicted of two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, two counts of attempted aggravated indecent assault of a child, six counts of indecent assault by course of conduct and eight counts of corruption of minors.
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By DON AINES | March 6, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hagerstown man convicted of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl while he was an assistant band instructor at Greencastle-Antrim High School was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to four to 23 months in jail. Malcomb McCoy, 40, of 11005 Coventry Lane pleaded guilty Dec. 5, 2007, to one count of sexual abuse of a child for having images of a minor portraying or simulating sexual acts on his computer, according to court records. Judge Douglas W. Herman ordered that McCoy have no contact with the victim or any unsupervised contact with a female under the age of 18. "When I look in the mirror, I see a girl everyone thinks is getting better," the 16-year-old girl said in a statement she read to the court.
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by DON AINES | September 7, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man convicted of trying to sexually assault a Greencastle, Pa., woman last year was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to a minimum of more than four years in state prison. Gabriel Majia Cruz, 25, formerly of Greencastle, was sentenced by Judge John Walker to 49 months to 12 years in prison for attempted sexual assault, stalking and simple assault. He had been convicted on the charges in a nonjury trial in February, according to Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom.
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by DON AINES | June 10, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. A Cumberland County man pleaded guilty Friday in Franklin County Court to sexually assaulting half a dozen boys and will serve 15 to 30 years in state prison. Edgar Vincent Stine, 72, of 111 Railroad Lane in Shippensburg, Pa., pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse as an accomplice and one count of misdemeanor indecent assault, Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams said. "I wanted to get something for each victim named" in the case, Williams said.
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by DON AINES | February 16, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. chambersburg@herald-mail.com A Chambersburg man charged with molesting at least five adolescent boys faces a sentence of 20 to 40 years in state prison after entering a plea agreement Wednesday in Franklin County Court. Joseph Paul Cioccia, 59, of 2722 Fillmore Drive, pleaded guilty before Judge Carol Van Horn to five counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. He had originally been charged with 16 counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, criminal conspiracy to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors and indecent assault, according to court records.
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by TAMELA BAKER | February 8, 2006
tammyb@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday started wading through a plethora of bills to crack down on sex offenders, and while most members agreed the state needs to better monitor convicted offenders once they are released from prison, the question became exactly how to do it. The committee heard testimony on nine different sex offender bills Tuesday, and more - including a bill from Del. Christopher B....
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By Tamela Baker | January 7, 2006
tammyb@herald-mail.com GLEN BURNIE, MD. - Convicted sex offenders in Maryland deemed to be the most dangerous would face life in prison or lifetime monitoring under legislative proposals formally announced Friday by Gov. Robert Ehrlich. The governor's plan also would prohibit sex offenders from entering school property or child-care facilities without permission. Ehrlich traveled to Glen Burnie to announce a package of 10 proposals at Glendale Elementary School, where a registered sex offender was discovered on school grounds last year.
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by DON AINES | November 22, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A former Maryland prison guard who pleaded no contest earlier this year to molesting a boy will have to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life after a hearing Monday in Franklin County Court. Judge John R. Walker ordered that David S. Ardinger, 40, formerly of Mercersburg, Pa., be designated a sexually violent predator and thus subject to the lifetime registration requirements of Pennsylvania's Megan's Law once he is released from prison.
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By DON AINES | October 7, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County Judge Carol Van Horn on Thursday rejected a plea agreement that would have resulted in a seven- to 20-year prison sentence for an Oklahoma man accused of raping his daughter. The 34-year-old former resident of Washington Township, Pa., pleaded guilty to rape of a child, a first-degree felony, on April 27, along with an unrelated misdemeanor theft charge, according to court records. The plea agreement called for the state prison sentences for the rape and theft charges to run concurrently, according to Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom.
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by DON AINES | February 22, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Harrisburg, Pa., man convicted of attempting to rape a school teacher qualifies as a sexually violent predator under Pennsylvania's version of Megan's Law, according to a behavioral psychologist. Douglas Paul Wingert's record of sexual offenses over more than 20 years "stood out the most," Dr. Robert Stein of Lancaster, Pa., testified during the hearing Monday before Franklin County Judge Carol Van Horn. The designation would require police to notify neighbors of where Wingert lives for the rest of his life, according to state law. Van Horn said she would issue a ruling on the designation later and scheduled Wingert's sentencing for March 9. "This statute was written specifically for people like Douglas Paul Wingert," Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Nancy Meyers told Van Horn.
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