Bangor woman accused of defacing Christ figurine applies for first-time offenders program

| March 15, 2012

An 18-year-old Bangor woman accused of defacing the Christ figurine in a borough church's Nativity display in January has applied to a program designed to help first-time offenders avoid a criminal conviction.

Elizabeth Bossert, 18, waived her right to a preliminary hearing today before District Judge Todd Strohe and applied to Pennsylvania's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, or ARD, program.

Numerous tips to police led to Bossert being charged with institutional vandalism and criminal mischief for allegedly scrawling demonic symbols on the infant Christ figurine belonging to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 404 Broadway in Bangor. The vandalism took place either late at night Jan. 2 or in the early morning hours Jan. 3, police have said.

Bossert's attorney, Matt Goodrich, reached an agreement with Northampton County Assistant District Attorney Michael McGinley via phone to have Bossert enroll in ARD. If Bossert is not admitted to the program, the case will be returned to district court and a new preliminary hearing date will be set.

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