A former volunteer assistant junior high football coach at Lackawanna Trail was sentenced to 18 months probation last Wednesday to endangering the welfare of children in a case dating back to 2017.

Thomas Michael Ward, 33, of Factoryville, appeared virtually before President Judge Russell Shurtleff in the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas.

According to a complaint filed by the state police three years ago, four males ages 13 and 14 said the former coach held them in a choke hold at different times during the early part of the season, and others alleged he scratched players with a key or key card to sometimes get their attention.

State police initially filed six misdemeanor counts of child endangerment against Ward, and four misdemeanor counts of harassment. Under a plea agreement with Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell’s office, Ward entered a plea to a lone count of child endangerment.

At his sentencing hearing Wednesday, attorney Patrick Rogan said he believed his client did not intend to hurt anyone. “Certainly he was overzealous and crossed the line of acceptable behavior, but he has been remorseful.”

Ward told Judge Shurtleff, “I am truly embarrassed for myself, my family and Trail, but can’t take it back. I learned my lesson and truly am sorry.”

Mitchell requested no contact with the victims, and that Ward submit himself for a mental health evaluation. Both requests were part of the judge’s sentencing order, as was a $500 fine.

Other sentences handed down Wednesday in the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas:

  • Derreck Lambar Anderson, 25, of Hop Bottom, was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $500 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia on May 26, 2020.
  • Jennifer Lee Baldwin, 36, of Endicott, N.Y., was sentenced to 5 days-12 months in county jail and a $500 fine for false identification to law enforcement on May 19, 2018.
  • Dylan Stephen Carpenter, 23, of Carbondale, was sentenced to 92 days-12 months in county jail for flight to avoid apprehension on Nov. 27, 2019.
  • Melissa Marie Curry, 40, of Wilkes-Barre, was sentenced to 6 months probation and a $300 fine for DUI on Aug. 5, 2020.
  • Lynn Marie Evans, 47, of Athens, was sentenced to 12 months probation, a $500 fine and $74.66 restitution for theft by unlawful taking on Jan. 31, 2020.
  • Kenneth James Fenton-Honeycutt, 30, of Wyoming, was sentenced to 6-23 months in county jail, and a fine of $1,000 for possession with intent to deliver on April 29, 2020.
  • Moriah Lee Garrison, 39, of Meshoppen, was sentenced to 5 years probation commencing with 90 days house arrest and a $1,500 fine for DUI, second offense, on Sep. 21, 2019.
  • John Kenneth Manning Jr., 42, of Hop Bottom, was sentenced to 9-24 months in state prison for resisting arrest on Aug. 30, 2020.
  • Beau James Marshall, 30, of Meshoppen, was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $500 fine for unauthorized use of a motorized vehicle on Aug. 13, 2020.
  • Aaron Matthew Merritt, 25, of New Albany, was sentenced to 251 days-18 months in county jail and a $500 fine for theft by deception on Jan. 31, 2020; and was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $500 fine for terroristic threats on Feb. 18, with sentences to be served consecutively.
  • Ronald Lee Morrison, 28, of Bear Creek Township, was sentenced to 9-24 months in state prison and a $500 fine for obstruction of administration of law on Feb. 1, 2019.
  • Nathaniel Robert Moyer, 26, of Monroe Township, was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $500 fine for possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered on Aug. 20, 2020.
  • Ashley Renee Mullinex, 33, of Wyalusing, was sentenced to 12-60 months in state prison, and a $1,000 fine for possession with intent to deliver on March 20, 2018; and was sentenced to 9-36 months in state prison, and a $1,000 fine for criminal use of a communication facility on March 22, 2018; with sentences to be served consecutively.
  • Melissa Ann Nagle, 43, of Carbondale, was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $500 fine for harassment on May 18, 2020.
  • Steven Michael Paszek Jr., 20, of Scranton, was sentenced to 6 months probation and a $300 fine for DUI on June 5, 2020.
  • Andrew James Shumski, 24, of Nicholson, was sentenced to 6 months probation and a $300 fine for DUI on May 26, 2020.
  • Amelia Jeanette Tomarchio, 30, of Clifton Heights, was sentenced to 14-60 months in state prison, a $1,000 fine and shared responsibility for $5,000 restitution for theft by unlawful taking on July 17, 2020.
  • Tanya Lynn Wolfe, 36, of Noxen, was sentenced to 12 months probation, a $500 fine, and $51 restitution for retail theft on July 14, 2020.
  • Douglas Richard Woodward Jr., 34, of Hunlock Creek, was sentenced to 16 days-6 months in county jail for DUI of a controlled substance on June 15, 2019.
  • Richard Alfred Yetter, 56, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to 72 hours-6 months in county jail and a $1,000 fine for DUI of a controlled substance on Sep. 10, 2019.

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