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Charleroi man takes plea deal, skips trial

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Thursday, March 7, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
 

A Charleroi man who has twice faced rape charges stemming from the same case agreed to a plea bargain deal that will put him behind bars – again.

Anthony Lane, 49, of 426 Fallowfield Ave. – who was scheduled to stand trial this week – agreed to plead guilty to simple assault, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment, all misdemeanors.

The recommended sentence under the deal is 2½ to 5 years in prison, Washington County Assistant District Attorney Kristin Clingerman said.

A jury was in place Monday, but Lane agreed to the deal Tuesday, just as his trial was about to begin before Washington County Common Pleas Judge John DiSalle.

Lane was charged in May with criminal attempt to commit rape, criminal attempt to commit sexual assault, burglary, simple assault and harassment.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Lane broke into the victim's Charleroi home on March 4, 2012. Lane claimed that he paid the woman for sex.

The Valley Independent does not identify victims of sex-related crimes.

The charges were dropped after the victim failed to appear at a preliminary hearing April 5.

But District Attorney Gene Vittone ordered the charges re-filed after it was determined the victim had not been advised of the date and time of the hearing.

After being released following the scheduled preliminary hearing, Lane was arrested April 11 after he allegedly made two telephone calls to the victim, who had obtained a protection from abuse order against him.

In 1986, Lane was convicted in Franklin County of rape and burglary. He was jailed on the rape charge and was on probation for the burglary conviction at the time of his most recent arrest, Clingerman said.

His probation was revoked, Clingerman said.

Lane is registered with the Pennsylvania State Police under Megan's Law requirements because of the Franklin County rape conviction.

After taking the deal Tuesday, Lane was returned to the Washington County Correctional Facility to await sentencing.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


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