A former Nicholson police chief was sentenced Wednesday morning (Feb. 12) to 120 days house arrest followed by 18 months probation in the sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in 2012.

John Clement Nauroth, 72, preferred to let his attorney do the talking when he appeared before Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff.

Attorney Paul Ackourey said his client, who was Nicholson’s police chief in the 1970s, had been a good husband and led an exemplary life in the community for decades.

“He led a good life up to that terrible day when something terribly wrong happened,” Ackourey said.

He noted that Nauroth admitted responsibility for indecently touch the young girl.

Court papers say that Nauroth met the girl on March 10, 2012, at his residence and took her to a cabin on his all-terrain vehicle where he asked her to sit on his lap. It is then that he allegedly kissed the youth and assaulted her.

Ackourey said that his client rapidly declined after the incident and suffered serious physical ailments.

“I think the physical toll on her has had collateral impairment on him, but in light of his otherwise good character I would ask you to consider a standard intermediate punishment of probation,” he told the judge.

But, district attorney Jeff Mitchell pleaded with the judge to give Nauroth jail time despite a plea arrangement that only held him accountable for one misdemeanor count of indecent assault when he originally also faced five felony counts of aggravated indecent assault, and corruption of Please see Sent, Page 9minors.

“The victim was 11 years old and showed incredible strength and courage to get free of the then 70-year-old defendant,” Mitchell said. “She has developed emotional problems and her mother is here in the courtroom today. I am asking for some period of incarceration on behalf of the victim and what she went through.”

In handing down the sentence, Judge Shurtleff also told Nauroth that in addition to the house arrest, probation, and a $2,500 fine, under the Adam Walsh Act he would have to register as a sexual offender for the next 15 years.

OTHERS

Other sentencings Wednesday include:

Amanda Evelynn Anthony, 24, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to 11 days-12 months in county jail, $500 fine and $1,170.80 restitution for receiving stolen property on April 28, 2012.

Corey Michael Armstrong, 25, of Inkerman, was sentenced to five years probation commencing with 90 days house arrest and a $1,500 fine for DUI, second offense, on April 6, 2013.

Thomas Boyd Baker, 28, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to five years probation commencing with 90 days house arrest and a $1,500 fine for DUI, second offense, on July 6, 2013; and to 12 months probation and a $500 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia on July 6, 2013; with sentences to be served concurrently.

Robert Mark Evans, 53, of Clarks Summit, was sentenced to six months probation commencing with 30 days house arrest and a $1,000 fine for DUI, second offense, on July 25, 2013.

Arthur Henry Goulding Jr., 44, of Troy, was sentenced to 2 days-12 months in county jail and a $500 fine for simple assault on Jan. 17, 2013; and to six months probation commencing with 30 days house arrest and a $1,000 fine for DUI on Aug. 20, 2013; with sentences to be served concurrently.

Michael Edward Hadsall, 42, of Laceyville, was sentenced to 3-12 months in county jail and a $1,000 fine for disorderly conduct on Aug. 3, 2012.

Telease Ann Holman, 24, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to 6-12 months in county jail and a $500 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia on June 20, 2013.

Richard R. Keithline Jr., 50, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to 3 days-6 months in county jail and a $1,000 fine for DUI on Feb. 16, 2007.

Anthony Robert Knight, 25, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to 6 days-6 months in county jail and a $1,000 fine for DUI on Jan. 27, 2012; to 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine for criminal attempt to furnish drug-free urine on Mar. 13, 2013; and to 9 days-12 months in county jail and a $500 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia on Oct. 9, 2013; with sentences to be served concurrent.

William Maurice Kopp, 42, of Meshoppen, was sentenced to 60 days-6 months in county jail and a $1,000 fine for DUI, second offense, on April 27, 2013.

Thomas Edward Kormis, 56, of Mountaintop, was sentenced to six months probation commencing with 30 days house arrest and a $1,000 fine for DUI, second offense, on Oct. 13, 2012.

John Thomas Leonard, 32, of Lancaster, was sentenced to 16-60 months in state prison and a $500 fine for theft by deception on July 21, 2012.

William R. Luvender, 25, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $500 fine for possession of a controlled substance on March 14, 2013.

Katie Marie McDermott, 34, of Mehoopany, was sentenced to 18-60 months in state prison and a $1,500 fine for DUI, third offense, on Jan. 10, 2012.

Richard Eugene Meyers Jr., 32, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to 16-84 months in state prison and $8,500 restitution for arson and related offenses on Aug. 12, 2013.

Marissa J. Miller, 20, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to six months probation commencing with 30 days house arrest and a $1,000 fine for DUI on Sept. 8, 2012.

John Jerome Morgan, 29, of Mayfield, was sentenced to 81 days-18 months in county jail and $5,000 restitution for receiving stolen property on Feb. 18, 2012.

James Murano, 61, of Springville, was sentenced to 3 days-6 months in county jail and a $1,000 fine for DUI on June 22, 2012.

Aaron Isaac Pote, 33, of Scranton, was sentenced to 14-60 months in state prison, a $500 fine, and $1,071.80 in restitution for receiving stolen property on April 28, 2012.

Matthew Earl Puterbaugh, 25, of Meshoppen, was sentenced to 103 days-4 months in county jail for simple assault on Jan. 14, 2013; and to 12 months probation and a $500 fine for simple assault on Nov. 2, 2013; with sentences to be served concurrently.

Thomas Robert Reese, 34, of Plymouth, was sentenced to 3 days-6 months in county jail and a $1,000 fine for DUI on Feb. 18, 2013.

Sandra Lee Murphy Roberts, 30, of Factoryville, was sentenced to 3-12 months in county jail and a $500 fine for receiving stolen property on Jan. 29, 2013.

Twila Marie Scott, 49, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to 16-48 months in state prison for conspiracy to commit criminal trespass on June 6, 2013.

Stephen Lewis Sokoloski, 52, of Scranton, was sentenced to 3 days-6 months in county jail and a $1,500 fine for DUI on Aug. 4, 2012.

David Andrew Tarbrake Jr., 29, of Nicholson, was sentenced to 1-11.5 months in county jail and a $500 fine for simple assault on Sept. 16, 2012; and to 3-12 months in county jail and $10,600 restitution for access device fraud on Aug. 11, 2013; with sentences to be served consecutively.

Jeffrey J. Williams, 27, of Mehoopany, was sentenced to a $300 fine for criminal mischief on Sept. 8, 2013.

CONTINUED

Also, in the courtroom was Robin Ann Gorton-Parrish, 43, of Luzerne, expected to be sentenced for theft and forgery for stealing funds from the Noxen Volunteer Fire Company in 2013. Her attorney raised a discrepancy about restitution, and the case was continued to March 12 with Gorton-Parrish returning to the county jail.

Clarence Sherman, 25, of Clarks Summit, also was expected to be sentenced for a pair of retail thefts in 2013. His case was continued to April 9.

Donald R. Dodson, 61, of Montandon, was on the sentencing list for forgery related to loss of funds at Gateway Ford last year. He was to be sentenced in Tunkhannock on Friday by Susquehanna County President Judge Kenneth W. Seamans. However, because of inclement weather, the judge could not be present and the case was continued to April 11.

GUILTY PLEAS

On Wednesday afternoon, the following guilty pleas were entered:

*Raymond Shaffer III, 49, of Berwick, pleaded guilty to driver required to be licensed for an incident on Sept. 3, 2012. He was immediately sentenced to a $200 fine.

*Jason David Johnson, 37, of Hunlock Creek, pleaded guilty to retail theft on Feb. 17, 2012.