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January 31, 2013

Man admits luring try

EBENSBURG — A Johnstown man pleaded guilty Thursday in county court to attempting to lure a girl into his pickup in the city’s West End section.

Paul Andrew Dabbs, 47, of the 200 block of Wilson Street, entered the plea to a single count of the attempted luring charge although he originally was charged with attempting to lure two girls.

The misdemeanor offense carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines.

Under a plea bargain, prosecutors dropped the more serious felony charges of criminal solicitation to commit statutory sexual assault.

Dabbs will be sentenced April 8 by Judge David Tulowitzki. The plea bargain does not include any recommendation on a sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Jessica Aurandt told the judge that Dabbs had stopped his pickup and told a 12-year-old girl, who was with a girlfriend, that he would buy her pizza. The incident occurred May 12 while Dabbs was driving on Fairfield Avenue.

Aurandt said that Dabbs asked the girl, “What would you do if I give you 50 cents?”

Police had alleged in an affidavit that the pickup driver had offered the girls 50 cents before driving away.

Dabbs is being represented by Johnstown attorney Robert Davis Gleason.

The judge told Dabbs that because the offense falls under Megan’s law, Dabbs will have to register with the state police as a sex offender.

Dabbs also will be evaluated by a psychologist from the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to determine whether he is a sexually violent predator.

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