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The Danville News

July 10, 2014

Harassment victim fears repercussions

— DANVILLE — The victim of stalking and harassment by a Danville woman still fears repercussions.

“This has gone on seven years of my life. I don’t believe Mrs. Rogers is done. I want to feel safe,” Robert Tarr told Montour County Judge Gary Norton before he sentenced Beth Ann Rogers, 53, of Fisher’s Court, on Wednesday.

For stalking, Norton ordered her to pay a fine of $500, to serve one month to one year in jail starting Monday, to undergo a mental health evaluation and comply with any recommendations and do 20 hours community service. He sentenced her to one year’s consecutive probation for harassment and fined her $300.

A jury took 20 minutes April 25 to convict Rogers of the charges.

Mahoning Township police charged her with harassing Tarr, a Geisinger Medical Center security guard, by posting signs saying he was a pedophile in a women’s bathroom of the hospital on Aug. 7, 2012.

“She threatened to make my life a living hell after a mistake on my part and she has made it very uncomfortable,” Tarr told Norton.

He said Rogers approached her after his shift at the county courthouse saying her husband wanted him dead and Tarr said she threatened to kill him.

“I stay away from Danville other than to go to work. I still feel uncomfortable in my own home,” he said.

He told the judge Rogers should get some psychological help.

“Obviously the break-up in the relationship was upsetting to you,” Norton told Rogers.

“It struck me during the trial you’re largely in a state of denial and transferring the blame on Mr. Tarr,” the judge said. “It was very unusual and striking to listen to that,” he said.

He encouraged Rogers to undergo a mental health evaluation with an open mind. “I think I remember you testifying you had undergone counseling,” he said with Rogers saying she had.

Attorney Andrew Katsock, representing Rogers, said Rogers had no criminal record. He requested a probationary sentence.

He said Rogers lives with her daughter and her five children and helps care for them. Saying Rogers works at the Salvation Army, he said, “She’s not a dead beat.”

“I don’t think a jail cell is a place for Miss Rogers,” he said.

County District Attorney Rebecca Warren said Rogers’ behavior was “an ongoing course of conduct that lasted for several years.” Warren said Tarr had a protection from abuse petition against Rogers which she violated.

Rogers was jailed briefly and after she was released, continued to harass Tarr, Warren said.

Rogers met Tarr while working in the dietary department at Geisinger.

Testimony during the trial showed Tarr had never been arrested or investigated as a sexual predator.

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