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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Man gets 5-10 yrs. for sex assault

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  • HONESDALE - A Lake Ariel man was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison on a felony charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person younger than 13 years old.
    Gary C. Swingle, 68, was charged in August 2013 for having sexual contact with a 5-year-old girl 14 years ago.
    The Wayne County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Raymond Hamill imposed the sentence Thursday.
    The defendant, who previously pleaded guilty to the charge, was given credit for 233 days served.
    Swingle told the court, "I want to apologize to my family and friends for the pain and humiliation and shame I brought to them."
    Swingle's lawyer, Thomas Farley, told the court his client had admitted to the crime from the beginning and he has "great family support." The defendant is also a Vietnam veteran who was awarded several medals, the lawyer added.
    Hamill noted the defendant hasn't lost the love of his wife, who wrote a "very compelling" letter to the court in her husband's favor.
    "You're very blessed," the judge told Swingle.
    The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Janine Edwards.
    According to court papers, the victim told police Swingle performed sexual acts on her when she was staying at his home in Hamlin for two weeks in the summer of 2000.
    Swingle admitted to the wrongdoing when he was questioned by Trooper John Decker.
    Other cases
    County prison inmate Daniel Shakkour, 37, was sentenced to six to 23 1/2 months in prison - to run concurrent with a previous sentence - on a charge of sneaking contraband into the prison.
    Shakkour pleaded guilty to sneaking a mobile phone into the jail, sending text messages to friends and taking pictures of the inside of the facility.
    "What are you thinking?" an incredulous Hamill asked the defendant. "What is going on?"
    The judge added, "It's time to grow up."
    Shakkour is currently serving a sentence of six months to five years for driving under the influence.
    Gordon Robinson, who was recently taken into custody by Honesdale police, consented to be extradited to Massachusetts, where he faces assault charges.
    Page 2 of 2 - Other court cases will be published in a future edition.  

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