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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.


1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

What a pitiful excuse for a human being. This idiot needs to be put in a cage.

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2Fairminded(20 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

This guy is a true derivative of our so-called founders of this country (not referring to the real founders, our Native Americans). I absolutely love seeing my fellow caucasians committ acts against our own. We think we're so smart that we've turned out to be one of the dumbest races in good old America.

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3RobertH(51 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

I would like to know what the point of trying to make the kids smoke pot was. The purpose, what he was trying to achieve.

Lets assume he was trying to force his kids to get high. I would like to know why.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

If David Stewart was a resident of Youngstown he would not have been arrested . We are very tolerant toward our subculture here in The Mahoning Valley .

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5Fairminded(20 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Alwayshope, you clearly missed my sarcasm. What I'm saying is this...It's totally unnecessary for us to equate crimes. One crime is no better than the next one no matter who committs it. It sickens me that we get on our high horses and look down on inner city violence when we committ crimes just as bad if not worse than the "urbanites." So for those of you who think other people are "animals, scum, etc...lets clean up our own back yards before we bash others simply because of where they live!

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6Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago


"So for those of you who think other people are "animals, scum, etc...lets clean up our own back yards before we bash others simply because of where they live!"

Once again, I don't care what color, race, age,weight,where you live, how you live, what you wear, what you drive, what you eat, etc...a ANIMAL is a animal when you kill,rob,threaten,torture,abuse,etc.. a INNOCENT human being. You are not HUMAN when you do those things. Your nothing but a animal that needs to be caged up or put down. No reason in the world for the violence against INNOCENT people.

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