Molestation case draws 5-10 year jail sentence

Lastra will serve 5 years’ probation in plea agreement

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Duncansville man was sentenced Friday to five to 10 years in jail, followed by five years’ probation, for molesting a teenage girl in 2017 and 2018.

Michael D. Lastra, 49, who has been in Blair County Prison since January when state police at Hollidaysburg filed multiple charges, rendered guilty pleas in August to unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and indecent assault.

In exchange, Assistant District Attorney Derek Elensky recommended the proposed sentence and agreed that other charges, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault, should be dropped.

Elensky said Friday that the evidence in the case was strong. Had the plea not been reached, the case would have gone to trial, he said.

Judge Wade A. Kagarise, who accepted the plea in August, delayed sentencing so the victim and her family could be notified of the pending sentencing in court. Neither the victim nor her family attended.

In court documents, state police said the girl accused Lastra of fondling her and forcing her to perform oral sex on him, when she would have been 13 and 14 years old. Police said Lastra told the girl not to tell anyone because he would go to jail.

Court documents also revealed that Lastra telephoned the girl’s father and admitted to touching her inappropriately. When the father asked Lastra if he engaged in sex with the girl, Lastra denied that, state police said.

Lastra’s guilty pleas rank him as a Tier II sex offender, requiring him to regularly register his address and other identification information with state police.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.


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