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Dad's pot case bound over to court

Published: Sat, August 7, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m.

Dad accused of corrupting kids

Staff report

new castle, pa.

A man who’s accused of trying to force his children to smoke marijuana had his case bound over to the Lawrence County Common Cleas Court.

David Stewart, 44, of Cliff Street, Union Township, appeared for his preliminary hearing in the county Central Court on Thursday. The judge found probable cause to send his case to the higher court.

Union Township Police Chief Joseph Lombardo said a relative reported July 27 that Stewart’s children, a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, said he forced marijuana on the girl and tried to force it on the boy. The boy told police he did not participate.

Lombardo said there were several episodes of the abuse over the past several months.

Lombardo said Stewart also threatened to kill the children after the boy went to the county Children and Youth Services offices to report what was happening.

The relative who reported the situation also told police that Stewart threatened to kill her, Lombardo said.

The boy told police that Stewart keeps a handgun in a dresser drawer in his bedroom.

The family’s house was in deplorable condition, Lombardo said.

Stewart is charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance to people under 18; two counts of endangering the welfare of children; two counts of corruption of minors; two counts of criminal solicitation to distribute a controlled substance to people under 18; four counts of terroristic threats; and four counts of harassment.

He remains in the Lawrence County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

The children are under the care of CYS and are staying with relatives, Lombardo said.

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