A Venango County woman will serve probation in connection with a bomb threat made against her former Titusville employer last fall.
Bethany A. Anderson, 21, of 176 Swamp Road, Utica, was accepted into the accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) program for disorderly conduct Wednesday in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas by Senior Judge William Cunningham.
With that, the charge of the bomb threat wasn't prosecuted by the Crawford County District Attorney's Office.
Cunningham ordered Anderson to serve 12 months probation, pay a $250 administrative fee plus $1,352.75 in court costs and $1,665.42 in restitution to her former employer, BSI Financial Services Inc., for employee time lost due to her actions. Cunningham also ordered Anderson to write a letter of apology to BSI and perform 10 hours of community service.
Anderson was charged by Titusville Police Department with making a bomb threat and disorderly conduct for the incident against BSI on Sept. 27, 2019. The threat caused an evacuation of the loan servicing company, according to police.
"This is a big break for you," Cunningham told Anderson before accepting her into the program. "You need to think about the consequences of your actions. I hope this is the first and last time you're in court."
Anderson declined to address the court when asked by the judge if she had anything to say.
Pennsylvania's court system offers the ARD program to first-time criminal offenders to be rehabilitated and move through the legal system quicker rather than formally go to trial.
A first-time criminal offender must apply for ARD through a county’s district attorney office where the case is reviewed. If accepted for ARD by the DA’s office, an offender then must be accepted for ARD by county court. If a person successfully completes the program, his or her criminal record is expunged.
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