A former Bath resident and Southern Tier pharmacist could be sentenced to as many as nine years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to aborting his mistress’ pregnancy.

A former Bath resident and Southern Tier pharmacist could be sentenced to as many as nine years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to aborting his mistress’ pregnancy.
Orbin Tercero, 39, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bradford County (Pa.) Court to performing an abortion without a license and tampering with evidence. Sentencing is scheduled for March 9.
District Attorney Daniel Barrett said that Tercero could receive a nine-year sentence – or something far more lenient. He said there is no mandatory minimum sentence, and Tercero has no prior criminal history.
Tercero’s plea came less than a week before he was set to go on trial on multiple homicide and other charges. He could have faced life in prison if convicted of the most-serious charge, murder of an unborn child.
Barrett said the decision to allow Tercero to plead guilty to a lesser crime was, in part, due to the fact Tercero is now married to the victim.
“We were concerned about how the personal situation would be regarded by the jurors,” Barrett said. “But the guilty plea to the felony and misdemeanor were consistent with our objectives in the case.”
Tercero, who worked as a pharmacist at several Wegmans in Elmira-Corning area, is accused of using pharmaceutical drugs to induce a miscarriage.
He allegedly inserted a drug thought to be Misoprostol into his lover during two sexual encounters at her home in Sayre, Pa., early last year. He also allegedly put the drug in the woman’s juice and water.
On Feb. 28, 2010, the second time Tercero allegedly inserted pills into the woman, she miscarried at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. The fetus was at 13 weeks gestation.
Tercero was engaged to another woman and had been in a physical relationship with the victim for approximately two years.