Crime

Man pleads guilty to possession, no contest to endangerment

A Bellefonte man entered a guilty plea to charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana Monday, as well as pleading no contest to recklessly endangering another person.

Frank J. Moravec Jr., 31, of Bellefonte, was able to broker a plea agreement Monday, in which he will serve six to 36 months in state prison at Camp Hill. Moravec was credited for the 375 days he’s already served.

On official court documents, with Moravec’s own handwriting, he writes that he “did on or about Dec. 29, 2014, unlawfully manufacture, knowingly create, deliver or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.”

Moravec’s written nolo contendere plea colloquy saw 262 counts of rape nolle prossed. That Latin legal term means that those charges were not prosecuted.

Under the terms of the agreement, Moravec could face a maximum of two years in state prison and a $5,000 fine.

Moravec was pulled over by state police shortly after 7 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2014, near the Uni-Mart in Milesburg after a trooper observed a burned-out brake light on Moravec’s car.

Once stopped, Moravec told the trooper he would not allow the vehicle to be searched, but did tell the trooper there was a bag of marijuana under the seat, according to initial court documents.

Moravec’s home was subsequently searched with permission from a woman who also lived at the residence. Inside, police found a digital scale, sandwich bags, bong, other drug paraphernalia, about 14 grams of marijuana and 280 grams of suspected marijuana brownies, according to state police.

Moravec was charged with intent to deal drugs and possession of drugs and paraphernalia, in addition to numerous traffic violations.

The woman told police Moravec had “held a knife to her throat” on numerous occasions, and had told them Moravec had threatened to kill her. These threats came from Moravec in an attempt to get her to unwillingly perform sex acts on him, according to the criminal complaint.

The actions reportedly started when she was pregnant and the woman told police that Moravec threatened her from May to December.

Police charged Moravec with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault, simple assault and making terroristic threats.

The woman told police that she had not contacted them previously because she was afraid.

Editor’s note: Information about the plea agreement has been clarified in this updated version of the story.

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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