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Pleasant Gap Man Facing More Jail Time

A Pleasant Gap man, who police say was helping to take care of three kids in a home that was described as having deplorable and dangerous living conditions, is facing more jail time.

Ryan Diricco was sentenced in Centre County court Monday from an incident earlier this year where police were called for a welfare check at a Pleasant Gap area home that he was living in with another woman.

Police say there were also three kids inside the home, one of them being less than 6 years old.

Authorities say police, along with an agent from Centre County Children and Youth Services, found broken glass, razor blades, rotted food and generally filthy conditions inside the residence, along with drugs and paraphernalia out in the open.

In court, an emotional Diricco told a judge the police statement was false, claiming there were no drugs in the house, and he was led to believe no criminal charges would be filed.

Diricco pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of children and was sentenced to a six-to-23-and-a-half-month jail term.

Diricco was already on probation for being charged two years ago with DUI with children in a vehicle.

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