Charleroi man takes plea deal, skips trial
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His probation was revoked, Clingerman said.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 email@example.com.
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.
- Belle Vernon Reality Tour offers close look at ‘nightmare’ of drug abuse
- Cops nab 4 in Monessen drug hangout
- Assistant band director drums up support to save Monessen building
- Former Charleroi Area teacher who stole from union sentenced
- Brownsville native draws from life experience in series of books
- St. Vincent de Paul store in Monessen still growing
- Belle Vernon Area, teachers reach deal early Tuesday, avoid strike
- Do you take too long to make important decisions?
- Traffic stop in Monessen yields drug charges
- Alleged Donora Towers burglar jailed
- Namath performed in contest at, not against, Monessen