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Ruffsdale man gets 2 years on probation for illegal contact with teen

March 21, 2018 GMT

A Ruffsdale man was sentenced to serve two years on probation for having illegal contact with a teenage girl over a six-year period that started in 2012.

Lawrence Eggers, 60, originally was charged with more serious offenses, but those counts were dismissed as part of a deal that allows him to enter into a prison diversionary program and not plead guilty to any crimes.

Eggers was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time, nonviolent offenders for the one remaining misdemeanor count of child endangerment. He can have his criminal record expunged once he completes the probation term.

According to court records, a woman who is now 18 years old, claimed Eggers had improperly touched her for years, starting when she was 12. She reported the incidents to police in 2016.

Assistant District Attorney Kelly Hammers said the decision to drop the more serious sex-related offenses was made to spare Eggers’ accuser from having to testify in court and because problems with the evidence made a conviction unlikely.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.