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WILKES-BARRE — A Millville man recently was sentenced in Luzerne County Court on charges he downloaded child pornography.


Paul Eric Gochenaur, 20, of Bottom Road, received a sentence of 18 months in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program — a special probationary sentence for first-time, nonviolent offenders — on eight counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of dissemination of children engaged in sexual acts. Gochenaur also was ordered to serve an additional 30 months on probation and must register his address, employment and vehicle with authorities for life under the state’s Megan’s Law.


Gochenaur is prohibited from visiting schools, public parks, playgrounds and libraries, and he must not reside in a school zone, according to court records.


Gochenaur downloaded child pornography for enjoyment using a friend’s Internet router in Huntington Township from August 2011 to December 2011, said Luzerne County detectives and state police.


WILKES-BARRE — A mother pleaded guilty and a father was sentenced in Luzerne County Court on charges they left three children unsupervised in an apartment without electrical service.


Shanna Ashman, 26, of Riverview Manor, Pittston, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children. She is scheduled to be sentenced April 26.


Nathan Warrick, 23, of the same address, was sentenced by Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. to 62 days time served to 18 months probation on a charge of endangering the welfare of children. Warrick immediately was paroled.


Ashman and Warrick left a 9-year-old girl, a 2-year-old boy and a 5-month-old girl unsupervised in their Riverview Manor apartment on Oct. 27, 2011, Pittston police said. Police responded to the apartment on a complaint two children were hanging out a second-floor window, according to the criminal complaint.


There was no furniture and no electrical service in the apartment, police said.


Ashman said she left the children with a babysitter while she was at work, and Warrick said he was working on a car at a friend’s residence, the complaint says.


Warrick also was sentenced to 12 months probation on an unrelated criminal trespass charge in which Duryea police said he entered a business property on Foote Avenue when steel railroad plates were stolen in January 2011, according to court records.


WILKES-BARRE - A woman was sentenced in Luzerne County Court on Monday for her alleged role in delivering heroin.


Brittany Shemanski, 23, of West Grand Street, Nanticoke, was sentenced by Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. to 12 months probation on a charge of criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.


Shemanski drove Ryan Briggs, 25, of Nanticoke, to a parking lot on the Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township, to exchange heroin for cash on April 1, 2012, according to the criminal complaint.


WILKES-BARRE — A New York City man pleaded guilty in Luzerne County Court on Monday to a drug charge.


Anthony Torres, 44, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.


Judge Lesa Gelb said Torres will be sentenced April 25.


Wilkes-Barre police investigating a theft complaint on South Welles Street said they found Torres in possession of crack cocaine packaged in bags on Aug. 6, 2012, according to the criminal complaint.


WILKES-BARRE — A city man was sentenced in Luzerne County Court on Monday to probation on a drug charge.


Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. sentenced Patrick Miller, 25, of Park Avenue, to 24 months in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Miller must serve the first six months of the sentence on house arrest with electronic monitoring.


Miller was in a vehicle that was stopped on East Northampton Street that was involved in a drug buy on Nov. 22, 2010. Miller was found in possession of crack cocaine hidden in a body cavity, according to the criminal complaint.

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