Long Valley Man Admits Stealing Steel, Gets 3 Years in Prison

Thomas Corter will serve time in state prison for second time since 2008, report says.

After pleading guilty to receiving stolen property and violating the terms of his probation, Thomas Corter will spend the next three years in prison.

The Long Valley man, 26, was accused of selling steel that had been stolen from Independence Township, according to lehighvalleylive.com.

When Corter was arrested for the incident in November, he was two months along into a five-year term with the Warren County drug court program, the report said. The drug court program came after Corter pleaded guilty in September 2013 to charges of burglary and theft, the report said.

Warren County Judge Ann Bartlett sentenced Corter to a second three-year term for the September incident, which will be served concurrently with the November incident, the report said.

Corter pleaded guilty in 2008 to charges of criminal sexual contact, burglary and theft, the report said, when he was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. He was sentenced to five years in prison for that crime. 

Forhonor March 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Shame that his sentencing has been so lenient. 9 months and he's back on the street being a pos and stealing more of anything that's not under constant guard.
Chuck Ruff March 30, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Of course, if he stole money through insider trading, then you'd have multiple people chiming in here saying: "oh, the poor guy just made a mistake.... let's give him a break.... he has a family... we need to support the people of our town". Yet, a blue collar criminal; "he should have gotten more time"!
Forhonor March 30, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Throw the key away before he burglarizes another home or sexually assaults another child. I recognize this shithead he's a harasser and a pos lowlife.
ME March 31, 2014 at 02:07 PM
I agree throw away the key on this one, no one should ever sexually assault another person never mind a child The theft is minor compared to this other crime and he should have been put away when the assault happened, it makes me sick to think my tax dollars pay police, judges, and prosecutors to protect us from aggressive violent criminals and a person convicted of a sexual assault of a minor is ever allowed to be free.


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