Schragger faces first of several sentencing hearings

Ben Schragger, formerly known as Lord Ben the Steward, appeared in court in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It was the first of several hearings scheduled in the sentencing phase of his trial for sexual assault of minors.

The Morning Call article says that a 9-year-old victim and his mother testified about how Schragger's actions had harmed the family. The hearings will resume later this month. Among other decisions, the judge must rule on whether or not Schragger qualifies as a sexual predator under "Megan's Law", which would require publication of his residential address and notice of his status to local families.

Multiple psychiatrists and psychologists also testified as to Schragger's mental status.

After Schragger's guilty plea last fall on sexual assault charges, the Society for Creative Anachronism's Board of Directors issued a revocation and denial of his membership in the organization. He had previously been suspended from activities pending the outcome of the trial.

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