Towanda man sentenced to jail time for indecent assault
Ted M. Vanderkarr, who indecently assaulted a girl in 2007 in Kline Township, will spend time behind state prison bars after being sentenced Monday in Schuylkill County Court.
Vanderkarr, 40, of Towanda, must serve 2 1/2 to five years in a state correctional institution, plus an additional two years on probation, President Judge William E. Baldwin ordered.
Baldwin also sentenced Vanderkarr to pay costs and $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account, have no contact with his victim, submit a DNA sample to law enforcement authorities and be subject to lifetime Megan's Law reporting requirements once he leaves prison.
The defendant and prosecutors had agreed to the terms of the sentence as part of a plea agreement.
While Baldwin ruled, in accordance with the finding by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, that Vanderkarr is not a sexually violent predator, he imposed the lifetime Megan's Law sanctions due to the defendant pleading guilty to indecent assault, among other charges.
Vanderkarr, who said nothing during Monday's hearing, pleaded guilty Nov. 14 to indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors, with prosecutors withdrawing an additional count of indecent assault, two counts of aggravated indecent assault and one each of rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
Kline Township police charged Vanderkarr with assaulting the 6-year-old girl between June 1, 2007, and Aug. 31, 2007, in an apartment in the township. At Vanderkarr's June 26, 2012, preliminary hearing, the victim testified that the defendant touched her inappropriately on three separate occasions, twice on a couch in the living room and once in a bed.
The Megan's Law sanctions to which Vanderkarr will be subject include requirements that he report his address, employment and educational statuses, and any change in them, to state police for life after he leaves prison. Any failure to comply with those sanctions is a crime in itself and could result in further prosecution.
Megan's Law was enacted in Pennsylvania, numerous other states and at the federal level following the 1994 murder of Megan Nicole Kanka, 7, of Hamilton Township, Mercer County, N.J. Jesse Timmendequas, Kanka's killer, was a convicted sex offender and one of the girl's neighbors.
He is serving a life sentence following then-New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine's commutation of his death sentence after that state abolished its death penalty.
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