New Castle News

March 6, 2014

Sex offender jailed on escape charge

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A Neshannock Township man was jailed on $100,000 bond after being charged with escape Wednesday.

David Wayne Talbert, 19, of 259 Cathcart Drive was arrested after he allegedly cut off the electronic monitoring device he had been wearing as he awaited sentencing on sex charges.

Neshannock Township police filed the charges against Talbert after they received information from the Lawrence County Adult Probation Office that he had cut off an electronic monitoring bracelet he had been ordered to wear.

At the time, Talbert was free on bond and scheduled for sentencing in April. He had pleaded guilty in October to one count each of statutory sexual assault and indecent assault in a case filed in May by Neshannock Township police.

Originally, Talbert was charged with 22 counts in the case including rape of a mentally disabled person and indecent assault of a person under 16. The other charges against him were dropped in exchange for the guilty pleas.

President Judge Dominick Motto set Talbert’s bond at $25,000 after the plea and once he posted bail he was required to wear the electronic ankle bracelet. The criminal complaint filed in the office of District Judge Scott McGrath stated that the monitoring service had received a signal at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday that the bracelet had been cut.

Later that morning, adult probation officers found Talbert at his home and took him into custody. They said the monitoring device had been melted, apparently in an attempt to reconnect it around his ankle.

Along with escape, police charged Talbert with criminal mischief and institutional vandalism. The damaged bracelet is valued at $960.

A preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for Wednesday.