By Sheena Delazio email@example.comStaff Writer
WILKES-BARRE – A Kingston man charged with inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to four years probation on a charge relating to the crime. Thomas J. Dziewit, 54, of Tioga Avenue, was sentenced on one count of indecent assault by Luzerne County Judge David Lupas. “I would like to apologize,” Dziewit said before hearing his sentence. “I am very sorry.” The now 13-year-old victim’s mother spoke in court Tuesday morning; her daughter was not present. “We’re looking for closure … to put all of this behind us,” the girl’s mother said. She said she didn’t want to put her daughter through any more trauma and was OK with Dziewit receiving a probationary sentence that required him to register under Megan’s Law for 10 years. The girl’s mother said Dziewit admitted to the crime when he pleaded guilty in October. Dziewit’s attorney, Vito DeLuca, said his client has owned his own business for nearly 29 years, employs two people and has no prior criminal record. Assistant District Attorney Maureen Collins prosecuted the case. According to court records, in April and May 2009, Kingston and West Pittston police received notice of suspected child abuse from Luzerne County Children and Youth. Police interviewed an 11-year-old girl, who said that between March 2009 and April 2009 on two separate occasions, Dziewit touched her breasts under her clothing at two different homes. The girl said Dziewit told her to “forget” about what happened and “pretend” that it never did. Police said Dziewit would babysit the girl in the absence of her mother or other guardians. Lupas ordered Dziewit to pay more than $1,800 in restitution costs for counseling the girl received, as well as to register his address under Megan’s Law for a period of 10 years. A state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board evaluation determined Dziewit was not a sexually violent predator. Lupas said Dziewit must undergo a mental-health evaluation and have no contact with the victim or any other minor or places minors frequent.