Wednesday, February 19, 2014

PA - Ex-cop (John Clement Nauroth) gets 120 days house arrest and 18 months probation in sexual assault of an 11-year-old female

To protect and serve?
Original Article

02/19/2014

By ROBERT BAKER

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 minors.

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.


1 comment :

F.A. Leonetti said...

We have either totally lost our minds or our value system or both.
An ex police chief. An eleven year old child, who is demonstrating medium or serious trauma and the ""judge'' sees fit to slap the adult on the wrist and say....''try not to do this again and go and be a good example to our community.
Frankly, I have know individuals, who were not ex government employees, ex-police who, for quite the very same charges received up wards and excess of 5 and ten years, with NO TIME OFF FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR.
This case shows exactly why our legal and court process is called a criminal justice system.

The fact is, the real crime is the unjustice treatment to the eleven year old child, the soft easy sentence for the adult and the fact that we, as a society pay for and tolerate all this and allow it to continue.

If only 10 per cent, no 5 % of all RSO's were to make a stand and get resolve and make some REAL system changes, this would greatly change and improve RSO's laws and the simular outcomes.

Like it has been stated many time on S.O.I.'s, standing alone to make a case by case fight is a good thing, but if REAL change is ever to come about it will take a serious commitment by many.

Best Regards
F.A. Leonetti