By Eunette Gentry
Brian Patrick Hern makes an appearance in District Court on Friday, June15th, for Sentencing; and, to answer to the new charges he’s facing connected to his previous formal charges of “Lewdness with a child under 14”, and a laundry-list of other related charges connected to reportedly assaulting two female minors. The new Criminal Complaint against Brian Hern was filed on May 11, 2018. Notably, that now makes three active cases in District Court for Brian – this new one in which he’s charged with “Prevent[ing]/Dissuad[ing a] Victim”; a second case in which Hern is facing: 11 counts of “Lewdness with a child under 14”; five counts of “Sexual Assault [with a] child under 14”; two counts of “First-degree Kidnapping of [a] Minor”; and one count of “First-degree Kidnapping”. Hern pleaded NOLO Contendere (No Contest) to those charges on April 23, 2018. Also notably, Hern was Sentenced early last year, on June 23, 2017 – for a separate case charge – to “19/48 months in prison with 254 days credit for time served”, after being charged with “Attempt to Obtain Money under False Pretense”. During his “Arraignment Hearing” held on June15th, connected to the charge of “Prevent[ing]/Dissuad[ing a] Victim”: Hern was “present in custody”. A Guilty Plea Agreement was submitted to the court and the court accepts said plea. Then, the court set Sentencing for July 20th. Additionally, regarding Hern’s previous 19 separate charges connected to Child Abuse: the court outlined the terms stated in Hern’s NOLO Plea Agreement. Notably, the defendant now has the previously mentioned new charge; so, The State got the right to argue. Then the victims / witnesses – who are minor children, addressed the court – to “testify as to how this has affected [their] life”. Finally, the court sentenced Hern on Count One to 48-120 months; and, on Count Two the defendant was sentenced to 19-48 months. Those sentences are to run consecutively. Hern also received 265 days credit for time served. Hern’s wife, and now Co-Defendant – Crystal Hern’s – case is also now Bound-Over to District Court, after she agreed to a Guilty Plea. Police say Crystal Hern “admitted that she told both minor females to lie” about the sexual allegation not being true, as a way to “comfort them.” The court ordered Crystal to appear in District Court on June 29th.