The Elk County Courthouse in Winter

The Elk County Courthouse in Winter

Brandon Allen Seabolt, 35, of Ridgway, pled guilty to two felony 3 charges of corruption of minors, one felony count of unlawful contact with a minor, and one charge of indecent exposure. Seabolt was charged along with Christopher Michael Dinger in two separate incidents with different victims.

Seabolt accepted a plea deal on Monday, April 5 that if accepted by the sentencing judge will see him sentenced to 1 year to 24 months minus one day in County Prison, Due to the length of time he has spent in the county jail since his motion for bail was denied on May 5, 2020, Seabolt is likely to be released on parole with time served in the next few months provided that his SOAB (Sexual Offenders Assessment Board) evaluation is favorable. If Seabolt is deemed a sexually violent predator by the SOAB, which is unlikely considering the nature of the charges against him, he could face lifelong registration.

Seabolt will also spend a specific registration period on the Megan's Law website and several years on probation. Drug and alcohol counseling, and mental health evaluations, are also common conditions of a plea negotiation. His fellow defendant, Christopher Michael Dinger, 31 of St. Marys, pled guilty to the more serious charges he was accused of back in September that will see him spend the next 36-108 months in State Prison with a minimum 25-year registration required on the Megan's Law website. Dinger's sentencing hearing after his SOAB evaluation is scheduled for May 14. Seabolt's final sentence will be handed down at a later date in Elk County Court once his SOAB evaluation is complete.

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