NORRISTOWN — A former Limerick man will be under court supervision for nearly seven years after he admitted to physically assaulting a teenage girl who was in his company.
Michael Eugene Ermold Jr., 46, formerly of the 500 block of Royersford Road, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court on Monday to one year and six days already served to 23 months in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to charges of simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the December 2012 incident at his former residence.
Judge Gary S. Silow also ordered Ermold to complete five years’ probation after he’s paroled, meaning Ermold will remain under court supervision for about seven years.
“If you lay a hand on anyone else again, in violation of parole or probation, I’m going to send you to state prison,” Silow warned Ermold.
Ermold, who was represented by defense lawyer Keith Harbison, expressed remorse for his conduct and claimed it was fueled by his alcohol abuse.
“I was intoxicated. I regret what happened,” Ermold told the judge, adding he intended to discipline the 14-year-old girl by spanking her after she made a comment that angered him while they both were at the Royersford Road residence. “I guess it went too far. This is the bottom. I know what it means now to hit bottom with alcohol.
“I feel horrible about it. I’m determined not to drink even a beer for the rest of my life,” added Ermold, indicating he has enrolled in alcohol and anger counseling programs since being in jail.
Limerick Detective Ernie Morris and Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Abidiwan-Lupo alleged the victim suffered severe bruising around her neck after the assault.
The victim told police that “she thought that she was in great danger” during the incident, according to the arrest affidavit filed by Morris. The victim and a witness to the assault claimed Ermold did not stop choking the victim even after she pleaded several times for him to stop, according to the arrest affidavit.
Ermold fled from the home when a witness called 911. Abidiwan-Lupo played for the judge a recording of 911 calls that were made by others who had witnessed the assault in the residence.
The judge ordered Ermold to continue with his alcohol counseling as a condition of the sentence.