Lycoming County DA Soft of Sex Offenders
During the time Eric Linhardt has been District Attorney of Lycoming County, he has proven himself to be soft on sexual predators. Either DA Linhardt doesn't understand the complete wreckage sexual abusers make of their victims, he is incompetent in representing crime victims, or he is motivated by something other than the safety of the community.
On several occasions, Eric Linhardt, while serving as DA has been derelict in his duties regarding sexual predators. In 2009, Linhardt made a full court press on elementary gym teacher James Jamison charging him with 26 counts including involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, with the reported child victim claiming he had been threatened by this teacher with a knife during commission of crimes. However, before going to trial, Linhardt dropped the entire case with the explanation reported in the news as, “ the boy has suffered enormously and the trial might be more than he can bear.”
With those sort of allegations, I must pose the question to Mr. Linhargt, “Did this assault happened and you chose not to protect the community from a sex offender, or do you owe Mr. Jamison an apology for ruining his career and potentially, his life. Pick one, Mr. Linhardt, because it is one or the other.
Then in 2012, DA Linhardt chose to ignore the recommendation for prosecution by the PA State police, who had investigated reported rape perpetrated by Williamsport City Council President Bill Hall. Though Mr. Linhardt had the complaint by the victim, the recommendation and investigation by the state police, a failed polygraph and partial admission by the defendant, Eric Linhardt felt that he could not competently bring a conviction against his colleague in city government. So there again, Mr. Linhardt, I must ask, “ Are you incompetent or just derelict in your duties?”
Most recently, Mr. Linhardt showed a staggering lack of justice in the case against previously convicted child predator William Haight, when Haight was discovered with hundreds of pornographic images of children, many of them displayed in frames hanging on the walls of his home. Instead of presenting the full evidence before the court of the case against Haight, DA Linhardt not only minimized the past offenses of this sex offender, failed to seek manditory minimums set in place for dangerous predators such as William Haight, but only brought in a conviction of 2 counts of child pornography punishable by a minimum of 3.5 years for each count. Mr. Linhardt further argued on behalf of the defendant to the court about his concerns for Haughts heart condition.... which begs me to demand and explanation from this elected official.
Mr. Linhardt, who's side are you on?