Northumberland County OKs spending $1,200 on psych evaluation for Coal Township man
SUNBURY - Northumberland County has agreed to spend $1,200 for the psychological evaluation of a Coal Township man charged with various crimes in 2012 and '13.
Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with Donna Pinter, of Psychological Services, of Sunbury, to evaluate Frank M. Bogus, 53, of 1011 W. Spruce St. It also requires Pinter to serve as an expert witness, providing consultation to the district attorney's office.
Bogus pleaded no contest to resisting arrest, one count of simple assault and one of stalking relating to a May 12, 2012, disturbance at his apartment building. Additional charges of aggravated assault, one count of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal trespass and one count of stalking were dropped.
Bogus is accused of stalking and grabbing Rita Lesher, who resided in a bottom apartment at 145 E. Dewart St., assaulting two police officers and cursing Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum of Sunbury at his arraignment.
Bogus could have faced 11 to 23 months in jail on the simple assault and resisting arrest counts and 6 to 23 months for stalking.
It was not clear how much time Bogus served in prison or how many months he was supposed to be on parole.
Bogus was then separately charged with indecent exposure and open lewdness for allegedly masturbating in Shamokin Cemetery on June 6. He waived those charges to plea court.
Assistant district attorney Michael Toomey said Bogus violated his parole by allegedly committing the new crimes, and the probation department submitted paperwork for a revocation hearing. If the judge finds Bogus in violation of his parole, he could resentence Bogus on the former charges.
Bogus, who remains in Northumberland County Prison as of Wednesday, is scheduled to appear for criminal motion court at 9:15 a.m. May 8 in front of President Judge William Harvey Wiest.
The agreement with Pinter is retroactive to March 19 and will terminate at the end of the criminal trial.