Authorities withdraw cost of endangering the welfare of a kid in opposition to Allentown councilwoman

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – An Allentown councilwoman shall be required to finish the accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) program for first-time offenders in reference to a case of a runaway teen, based on a information launch from the Lehigh County District Lawyer’s Workplace.

Cecilia “Ce-Ce” Gerlach, of Allentown, had been charged with endangering the welfare of a kid, a first-degree misdemeanor, and penalties for failure to report or refer (by a Mandated Reporter), a second-degree misdemeanor.

At a listening to Wednesday earlier than Decide Robert L. Steinberg, the cost of endangering the welfare of a kid was withdrawn, and Gerlach was accepted into the ARD program, the DA’s workplace mentioned. She shall be required to finish this system efficiently earlier than her arrest is expunged, based on the information launch.

She nonetheless faces a separate cost.

Gerlach was charged in June after an investigation revealed that Gerlach, who labored as an worker of Valley Youth Home as a homeless road outreach caseworker, took at 16-year-old boy to an Allentown homeless tent encampment, often known as “Tent Metropolis,” based on the DA’s workplace. The boy, who advised Gerlach he was a runaway, mentioned whereas on the homeless encampment, he was subjected to a solicitation to carry out a intercourse act on a male resident in change for a cigarette and noticed prostitution in change for medicine and several other fights amongst these dwelling there, the DA’s workplace mentioned.

The DA’s workplace says the investigation revealed that Gerlach didn’t contact both the Allentown Police Division or Lehigh County Youngsters and Youth reasonably than take him to the homeless encampment.

Gerlach was required to report her contact with the teenager to ChildLine as a Mandated Reporter, based on the DA’s workplace.  She didn’t do that in a well timed method, based on the information launch.

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The investigation revealed that Gerlach was educated by Valley Youth Home and accomplished a State Mandated Reporters Coaching which defines the Mandated Reporting of Youngster Abuse Circumstances within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Nonetheless, the investigation confirmed that her instant supervisor, who now not resides in Pennsylvania, was conscious of Gerlach’s dealing with of this baby’s case and thought it acceptable, the DA’s workplace mentioned. This has precipitated these concerned within the investigation to conclude that the coaching and supervision in place at Valley Youth Home wants enchancment, based on the information launch.

Gerlach is a first-time offender and due to that and the insufficient coaching and supervision which she acquired at Valley Youth Home,  she was accepted into the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program, the DA’s workplace mentioned.

Throughout her look Wednesday, Gerlach acknowledged in court docket that the prosecution was not politically motivated, based on the DA’s workplace. Decide Steinberg sentenced Gerlach to serve 24 months on the ARD program, the utmost size of time that may be ordered, the DA’s workplace mentioned.