New Castle News


January 8, 2013

Man sentenced for assaulting children

NEW CASTLE — A man who pleaded no contest to aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors has been sentenced.

Russell Gene Lane, 72, whose last known address was 210 Willard Ave., was sentenced to four to 10 years in a state correctional institution on the aggravated indecent assault charge. He was given credit for 733 days already served.

On the corruption of minors charge, Lane was sentenced to five years probation. This sentence is to run concurrently with the other one. He also must provide a DNA sample.

Lane was sentenced last week by Judge Thomas M. Piccione.

Last month, following a hearing of the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, Lane was determined to be a sexually violent predator.

According to court documents, Lane was charged with, but not prosecuted on, additional charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with someone less than 16 years of age, sexual assault and indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age.

Court documents state New Castle police arrested Lane in 2011, after a 10-year search.

Original charges, filed Aug. 3, 2000, stem from events occurring between June 1, 1999, and Feb. 29, 2000. According to the complaint, the minor was assaulted at least six times.

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