Charges dropped for Dillsburg-area man who gave son hot sauce

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Criminal charges have been dropped against a Dillsburg-area man who police said made his 9-year-old son drink hot sauce as a punishment for lying.

Richard Adam Fickes, 38, of Franklin Township, appeared in York County Court on Monday, Feb. 12, where his charges of endangering the welfare of a child and making terroristic threats were dismissed, according to court records.

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Fickes ended up pleading guilty to two summary counts of harassment for harassing two women at his home at the time, according to his defense attorney, public defender Joshua Neiderhiser.

Summary offenses are akin in seriousness to traffic tickets.

Fines and court costs: Fickes was fined a total of $300 — $150 for each count — and ordered to pay court costs as well, court records state.

Neiderhiser said a subsequent investigation by the York County Office of Children, Youth and Families found no child abuse had occurred.

"The kid loves hot sauce," he said.

Northern Regional Police filed charges against Fickes in October after they were called to his home for a reported domestic dispute.

Fickes' girlfriend told officers that two women at their home claimed Fickes had touched them inappropriately, according to court documents. Those women also said Fickes made his son drink a cup of hot sauce with black pepper in it because the boy allegedly lied to him, police said.

Fickes admitted to police he made his son drink the hot sauce as punishment, police said, and officers estimated it was a couple of ounces.

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