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State Court Denies Appeal In Mercer County Morals Sentence

April 10, 2013

A Pennsylvania appeals court has denied the appeal of a Sharon man who claimed his jail sentence in a Mercer County morals case was excessive.

48 year-old James Kopan was sentenced to 27 months to seven years in state prison after his “no contest” pleas in Mercer County Court to charges of disseminating obscene materials and the corruption of minors.

Kopan had been accused of showing pornographic material, exposing himself, and making lewd suggestions to as many as a dozen children between the ages of 7 and 15.  Prosecutors claimed the actions occurred numerous times between 2008 and 2011 at the bowling alley Kopan owned in Coolspring Township near Mercer.

The state Superior Court ruled Monday that Mercer County Judge Thomas Dobson had not overstepped his bounds during sentencing, and that Dobson may only have erred by considering one factor that was not part of Kopan’s plea, and which was “corrected” during the consideration of Kopan’s sentence.

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