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October 10, 2012

Midday Briefing | Court nixes sentence in MySpace sex case

ERIE — A 35-year-old northwestern Pennsylvania man serving 20 years in federal prison for trying to seduce a 14-year-old girl he met on the MySpace social networking site must be resentenced.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says a federal judge didn't consider arguments from Michael Begin's defense attorney that the sentence might be unduly harsh.

Begin has pleaded guilty to attempting to seduce the girl and attempting to transfer obscene material to her.

What Begin didn't know is that the girl's mother saw messages he had sent in late 2009 and contacted the FBI, who then used the girl's cell phone and MySpace account to keep in touch with Begin.

The Bradford man was carrying handcuffs and a condom when he was arrested at a restaurant where he arranged to meet the girl in February 2010.


Friend describes deadly cosmetic surgery at hotel

PHILADELPHIA — A 22-year-old London woman is testifying in Philadelphia about the fatal cosmetic surgery done to a friend at an airport hotel.

Theresa Gymfi says her 20-year-old friend Claudia Aderotimi died hours after a woman pumped silicone into their buttocks in February 2011.

She says they had no problems when they had the same procedure done on a trip months earlier. But Gymfi says her childhood friend had trouble breathing shortly after the second procedure.

She is testifying at a preliminary hearing Wednesday for Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Windslowe. Gordon is charged with third-degree murder and practicing medicine without a license.

Gymfi says Gordon left the hotel after her friend became ill and told them to call an ambulance if she didn't get better.


Students disciplined for pic of DJ with bras

IRWIN — A western Pennsylvania school district has disciplined some students after a disc jockey posted a Facebook picture showing bras some students threw at him during a recent homecoming dance.

Norwin School District officials tell The Associated Press that an unspecified number of students have been disciplined. The school will also no longer allow the disc jockey, Eric Wenning, to work school dances.

School officials say it doesn't appear that Wenning encouraged the girls to throw bras at him during the Sept. 29 dance, but say he showed poor judgment by posting the Facebook picture of himself posing with the bras.

Wenning has told WPXI-TV that he was appalled when the female students started throwing their bras at him.

School officials began investigating when a parent saw the Facebook photo and complained.

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