How-to-Protect-Yourself-Against-ForgeryCounty detectives allege that 55-year-old Louis Craig Divido forged the signature of Judge Thomas Swope on a document to prove to his girlfriend’s mother that his marriage to another woman was over.

Divido, of the 2500 block of Bedford Street, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland Township on Tuesday.

The Pennsylvania man offered the document as proof to the mother, who objected to her daughter’s dating a married man who was 27 years older. However, Divido’s divorce from Mary Divido is not final, according to the Cambria County Prothonotary office.

“He wanted to utilize the document to resolve the problems he had in dating the complainant’s daughter,” said Robert Davis Gleason, Divido’s attorney. “He wanted to show that he was serious about the relationship.”

Investigators said Louis Divido went to the Richland library on Schoolhouse Road in February 2011 and printed out a “Court of Common Pleas of Cambria County Pennsylvania Civil Action-Law” document and signed the judge’s name.

“He wanted to utilize the document to resolve the problems the he had in dating the complainant’s daughter,” said Robert Davis Gleason, Divido’s Johnstown attorney.

“He wanted to show that he was serious about the relationship.”

“Lou certainly regrets the incident,” Gleason said. “He’s especially apologetic to Judge Swope and wishes to resolve it by an appropriate plea.”

Divido has a prior criminal record and is on the Pennsylvania sex offender registry. He was sentenced to serve 12 months in jail after pleading guilty to invasion of privacy in connection to an incident in Butler County in August 2011. In that case, Butler Township police said Divido peeked into a locker room at the Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School and video recorded five students in various states of undress.