Hardly '18 And Life': Sebastian Bach's Assault Charges Dropped

Ex-Skid Row frontman gets one year of supervision for drug charges, though.

Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach had a stroke of luck last week when

the bartender he was accused of attacking failed to show up to court.

Bach (born Sebastian Bierk) was in a New Jersey municipal court on July 22,

facing charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault and disorderly

conduct, which were dismissed, as well as drug possession charges, for which

he was sentenced to one year of supervision.

The rocker was arrested in mid-March in Middletown, New Jersey, where he was

accused of escalating a bar fight by threatening to get a gun and shoot a

bartender (see [article id="1452918"]"Sebastian Bach Arrested

For Drugs, Threats In Bar Scuffle"[/article]).

After arresting Bach, Middletown police found five grams of marijuana and

four packets of rolling papers on him. Additional charges of possession of

drugs and drug paraphernalia were then added.

While the charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and disorderly

conduct were dismissed for "lack of prosecution," the drug possession

charges were not contingent on the bartender's testimony. Instead of

entering a plea, Bach applied for a conditional discharge.

As part of New Jersey's probation supervision program, which gives courts a

sentencing alternative for first-time drug offenders, applicants can have

their matter diverted from the normal criminal process by completing a

period of supervision, which ranges from a minimum of six months to a

maximum of three years. The Middletown Township Court granted Bach his

conditional discharge, charging him $860 and setting his period of

supervision at one year.

"Barring he has no problems within the next year, the charges will be

dismissed," said Bach's attorney, Frank DeSevo.

Probation supervision usually consists of having the offender maintain

regular contact via office visits and urine tests. Offenders are also

usually required to adhere to rules of regular probation and may be required

to complete additional conditions, such as counseling or community service.

The terms of Bach's conditional discharge remain to be set, DeSevo said.

According to Bach's Web site, he's currently working on a new album and DVD,

but his publicist had no release information for either project. Bach also

plans on appearing in a California production of the rock musical "Jesus

Christ Superstar," his attorney said, though his publicist cautioned that

"nothing [is] firm with that yet."