RIDGWAY--It was a beautiful day in Ridgway as the Courthouse opened at 8:30 a.m for Return Day. The Honorable Senior Judge Richard Masson, of Elk County, along with Elk County District Attorney Thomas G.G. Coppolo, worked to make some headway in the backlog of weighing down the system. Eighty-nine cases were listed on the Return Day docket for the all-day session. Well over half of the cases listed were simple arraignments that the defendant's legal counsel waived.
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 today that will see him spend the next 24 months in State Prison with a minimum 25-year registration required on the Megan's Law website and several years on probation. He faces drug and alcohol counseling, mental health evaluation, and evaluation by SOAB (Sexual Offenders Assessment Board). If Seabolt is deemed a sexually violent predator by the SOAB, he could face lifelong registration. His fellow defendant pled guilty to more serious charges 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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