The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


April 11, 2014

Court news in brief for April 11, 2014

- — Sentencing postponed, psychiatric eval ordered

WORTH TOWNSHIP -- Sentencing for Josiah M. Stallsmith has been continued so he can undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Stallsmith, 20, was to be sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to a reduced charge in a sexual assault case.

He had been accused by state police of rape, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a  minor and corruption of a minor.

Stallsmith pleaded guilty Jan. 7 to the corruption charge involving a girl, now 18, who was 15 when the abuse began.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. St. John postponed sentencing after learning from Stallsmith’s parents that he had been diagnosed as a juvenile with disorders linked to violent and explosive behavior.

St. John ordered an evaluation of Stallsmith in a diagnostic unit at a state prison and postponed sentencing until he receives a report.

Man admits he was high in fatal traffic accident

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP – A Crawford County man pleaded guilty to three charges Tuesday in the 2012 traffic death of a local man.

Casey S. Wilkins, 19, pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and driving under suspension.

Prosecutors withdrew charges of homicide by vehicle and reckless driving.

The lead charge, involuntary manslaughter, is a first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of 2è to 5 years in prison.

Wilkins was southbound at 7:03 a.m. Oct. 20, 2012, on state Route 58, south of Young Road, Delaware Township, apparently speeding, when he lost control of the car and it crashed into a tree and rolled onto its roof, state police said.

Passenger William G. Trgovic II, 20, of New Castle, formerly of Jamestown, died in the crash, police said.

Wilkins, who was injured, had methamphetamine, methadone, hydrocodone, oxycodone and marijuana in his blood, police said.

Dad says he endangered his 2-month-old son

HERMITAGE – A Hermitage man accused of abusing his infant son pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of endangering the welfare of the child.

Tony B. Hipkins, 22, of 1535 Parke Drive, also was charged with reckless endangerment and conspiracy, but prosecutors agreed to drop them.

Hermitage police initially charged Hipkins and the boy’s mother, Kristin Williams, 20, but withdrew her charges at a preliminary hearing.

The endangering charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, a crime with a maximum penalty of 2è to 5 years in prison.

Police said they were notified Aug. 20 by Akron Children’s Hospital, Boardman, Ohio, that Hipkins and Williams had brought the 2-month-old boy in for treatment of a broken leg.

The parents told medical personnel that Hipkins was holding the boy, who began to kick his legs, and Hipkins heard a crack, police said.

The injury was not consistent with the parents’ account and hospital personnel believed the boy had been abused, police said.

The broken rib later was discovered, police said.

Mercer County Children and Youth Services has been involved in the investigation.

Man says he asked girl, 12, for nude photograph

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP – A Greenville man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful contact with a minor for asking a 12-year-old girl to send him a nude photograph of herself via text message.

Jacob C. Olson, 19, of 140 N. High St., will be evaluated by the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board. If he is deemed a sexually violent predator, his reporting and counseling requirements under sex offender regulations will be more stringent.

The charge is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 3è to 7 years in prison.

Prosecutors withdrew charges of possession of child pornography and corruption of a minor.

The Delaware Township girl told state police July 20 that Olson had asked for the photo and she sent it to him, police said.

The girl’s mother discovered the picture on the girl’s cell phone, police said.


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