Hempfield sex offender won't remain jailed
By Rich Cholodofsky
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
A Hempfield man was sentenced Tuesday to serve nearly a year in jail for exposing himself to five middle school students more than two years ago.
But David Scott Perkins, who was released on bail after he pleaded guilty to sex offenses in August, won't spend any more time behind bars.
“It would be counterproductive to put you back in jail,” said Westmoreland County Judge Debra A. Pezze.
Perkins, 28, pleaded guilty to charges in three separate incidents on Nov. 17, 2010. Police said Perkins exposed himself to girls near the Jeannette McKee Elementary/Middle School, in the middle school parking lot and at a bus stop in the Fort Allen section of Hempfield.
Several of the girls told police they saw Perkins make obscene gestures and masturbate as he drove by them.
According to court records, Perkins initially denied the allegations but later tearfully admitted to the crimes. He told police it “gave him a thrill” to perform the acts in front of girls.
Perkins initially was charged with 31 offenses, but as part of a plea deal agreed to in August, the prosecution withdrew all but two felony counts of open lewdness and a misdemeanor offense of corruption of a minor.
Pezze sentenced Perkins to serve one year, less a day, to two years, less a day, in jail and an additional three years on probation. Perkins was given credit for the 20 months he served in jail before August.
Perkins will be required to register his whereabouts with the state police under Megan's Law.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or email@example.com.
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