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Lawrence County father gets probation for kidnapping son |

Lawrence County father gets probation for kidnapping son

| Tuesday, March 18, 2008 12:00 a.m

A Lawrence County man who served a year in federal prison for kidnapping his son and moving to Mexico was sentenced in Allegheny County court Monday to five years probation.

William Pearsall Jr., 50, of New Castle took Daniel Pearsall, who is not his biological child, after a regularly scheduled weekend visit in August 2005. The FBI and Mexican authorities found them four months later in Cancun. Daniel Pearsall, who was 5 at the time, is now 7.

William Pearsall pleaded no contest to interference with custody of a child and concealing the whereabouts of a child. Common Pleas Judge Randal B. Todd approved a deal with prosecutors and sentenced Pearsall to probation.

The boy’s mother, Olga Koutina of Brookline, said her son is doing well in the second grade.

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