Fair ride operator admits corruption



Wyoming County Press Examiner Correspondent


TUNKHANNOCK –A 35-year-old man from Chester County pleaded guilty Friday to corruption of minors after allegedly biting a teen’s breast at the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair this summer.

Dennis Michael Lavis, of Cochranville, could face as much as five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, President Judge Russell Shurtleff said.

Lavis was apparently operating a ride at the fair when two teen-aged girls said comments were made to them “to get on his ride.”

Court records reveal that on the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 30, police responded to a call at the fair regarding a 15-year-old female who claimed she had been bitten on the left breast.

A teen friend of the alleged victim said that suggestive comments had been made by the operator about them pulling up their shirts.

On that afternoon as they went to get off of a fair ride, the girls allege that Lavis put his arms out toward the alleged victim, hugged her, and then put his head into her breasts and bit one of them.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Also in court Friday, a 43-year-old Luzerne woman who tested positive for cocaine in the judge’s courtroom a month ago was allowed to enter a guilty plea to forgery and theft for depriving the Noxen Volunteer Fire Company this past spring of more than $34,000.

Robin Ann Gorton-Parrish served the fire company as treasurer for two and a half years.

According to court documents, Noxen Fire Chief Lewis Hackling complained of missing funds and discovered that no deposit had been made from an April 2013 breakfast in which $2,100 should have been deposited in cash.

And following a PowWow in May in which Gorton-Parrish should have deposited $5,322.50 in cash, only $990.55 was deposited.

When confronted about the matter, Gorton-Parrish responded via text message that she was sorry for what she did and asked if she could pay the money back noting that she had a gambling problem and needed to seek help for issues related to gambling.

Judge Shurtleff informed Gorton-Parrish that she faced as much as 14 years in state prison as well as a $30,000 fine and restitution.


 Others pleading on Friday:

Amanda Lynn Allison, 20, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on July 29; pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on Aug. 2; and pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on Aug. 8.

Thomas Boyd Baker, 28, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI second offense, and to possession of drug paraphernalia, each on July 6.

Andrew William Cook, 29, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, third offense, and possession of a controlled substance, both on Nov. 25, 2012; and to retail theft on March 3.

John Jay Dalton, 49, of Nicholson, pleaded guilty to DUI on July 3, 2012.

Alfredo Deras, 59, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Nov.  24, 2012.

Stacy Rae Faux, 34, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to simple assault, on Jan. 5.

Ceejay Brian Hallstead, 26, of Carbonda;e, pleaded guilty to simple assault on Aug. 7.

Scott Wilson Haver, 58, of Lake Winola, pleaded guilty to operating watercraft under the influence of alcohol on July 4.

Travis Aubrey Humphrey, 26, of Plymouth, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft on Dec. 8, 2012.

Casey Joseph McClain, 18, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol to minors on May 4.

Donald Lee McGrath, 35, of Lisbon, Ohio, pleaded guilty to small amount of marijuana on Oct. 12.

Anthony James Reed, 25, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to DUI on Sept. 16, 2011.

Clarence Sherman, 25, of Clarks Summit, pleaded guilty to retail theft on Jan. 29; and to retail theft on Jan. 16.

Adam Maher Vosburg, 28, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance on July 15, 2012.

Christopher Michael Walters, 20. Of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief on May 25, 2012.