Kittanning man gets probation for lewd text
By Chuck Biedka
Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 12:21 a.m.
A Kittanning man was sentenced Tuesday morning to six years' probation and fined $1,000 plus court costs for texting an explicit photo of himself to two young girls in June 2011.
Patrick Rau Shuster, 42, who pleaded guilty about six months ago to corruption of minors and harassment, must also complete 60 hours of community service and pay $50 a month for his supervision.
Armstrong County Judge James J. Panchik ordered Shuster to stay away from the girls and their families.
Panchik called the photo “brutal to the psyche and development” of the girls, who were 12 and 13 at the time of the texting.
“There is no excuse. The court finds it abhorrent and deviant,” the judge said before handing down the sentence. “That said, the defendant is contrite and he has completed counseling without being ordered by the court to do so.”
Shuster had no prior criminal record.
He said nothing during the proceeding and had no comment when he later left the courtroom.
The sentence ratified a plea bargain reached between Shuster's attorney and the state attorney general's office in mid-September. The AG's office took over the prosecution because Shuster is an acquaintance of the Armstrong County district attorney and his staff.
On Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Todd Goodwin, of Pittsburgh, and Shuster's attorney, Chuck Pascal, didn't object to the wording of a pre-sentence report done on Shuster.
Shuster was initially charged with 21 charges, including some felonies.
All but the corruption and harassment charges were dismissed after the state attorney general's office investigated the case further and the plea bargain was accepted.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Burrell school board reviews security plan
- Bronze flower vases stolen from cemetery
- Leechburg adds 2 part-time police officers
- A-K Valley students offer F.R. Strong support
- Agreement nears on Springdale police chief’s duties
- Watch out for the freeze
- Highlands school board won’t raise taxes
- Cheswick fire truck to arrive in June
- Herman Oil and Gas asks for 150 percent rate hike
- Gilpin looks for supervisor, hires police consultant
- South Butler students gain respect for farming through Agriculture Club