Bradford man accused of failing to register new address
A Bradford man who is required to register as a sex offender is facing allegations that he moved without reporting his new address.
Matthew T. Pritt, 34, of 2 Bushnell St., Apt. 315, was arraigned Sunday before District Judge David Engman on a charge of failure to verify address, a second-degree felony.
According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 17, Bradford City Police were notified that Pritt was living in Bradford. When police looked into it, they discovered that Pritt last registered on June 3 and provided police with a home address of 3225 Route 155, Port Allegany.
A Lewis Run-based state trooper went to the Port Allegany address, where a female who identified herself as Pritt’s ex-girlfriend told the trooper that Pritt has not lived there since June 25.
On Aug. 18, a Bradford City police officer talked to a couple of other witnesses who said Pritt was staying with a couple in the Bushnell Street apartment. The witnesses said Pritt told them one time that he is “couch surfing.”
When the officer saw Pritt walking on Main Street, Bradford, on Aug. 18, he stopped to talk to Pritt. He read Pritt his Miranda Rights and asked Pritt where he is living; Pritt told him Apt. 315 at the High Rise apartment building.
Pritt pleaded guilty in 2011 to charges of unlawful contact with a minor and disseminating sexual materials to minors, and in 2013 he pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful contact with a minor.
Pritt is in McKean County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, and he is scheduled to appear in Central Court on Thursday.
Bradford man jailed on terroristic threat allegations
A Bradford man is in McKean County Jail after he allegedly made repeated threatening phone calls to the Bradford office of District Judge Dominic Cercone.
Scott C. Sicheri, 55, of 49 Cornen St., was arraigned Friday night before District Judge David Engman on charges of terroristic threats, first-degree misdemeanors; one count of disorderly conduct, a third-degree misdemeanor; and summary harassment.
The criminal complaint states that on Wednesday, Cercone was the judge who heard a case involving Sicheri. Cercone dismissed a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in which Sicheri was the victim. Sicheri told Cercone he was disappointed with the decision, and Cercone advised him to call the district attorney’s office to ask them to refile the case. Sicheri said he understood, and the conversation ended.
Sicheri called back to say he hired an attorney and that Cercone’s decision was a bad one, like a decision he made in the past that Sicheri said was “bulls---,” the complaint stated. Cercone said the conversation was over and hung up. Sicheri called back, and Cercone said they could no longer talk about the situation.
Between 9:57 and 11:36 a.m. Friday, Sicheri called Cercone’s office 11 times, according to court records.
A Bradford City police officer called Sicheri and told him not to contact Cercone anymore or he would be cited. The officer reported that during the call, Sicheri sounded as if he was under the influence, as his speech was slow and slurred, the complaint indicated.
The officer also told Sicheri not to call the district attorney’s office or the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport if he is unhappy with a ruling from a previous court hearing.
At 3:08 p.m., Cercone called police to say Sicheri was continuing to call his office.
At one point during the calls, Sicheri said, “Send the police up and this get ugly,” the complaint stated. He called again and said, “Send the boys up, see how they would fair. Send Cercone up, I’ll handle him. Send the boys up, they are cowards. Send them up, I’m just one guy I can take them.”
According to the criminal complaint, “The phone lines of the judge’s office were tied up for a considerable amount of time and it caused the office to not function properly. According to Judge Cercone, Sicheri called the office approximately 30 times.”
Sicheri is in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. He is set to appear in Central Court on Thursday.