Crime & Safety

Young man took his minor disabled “friend” to the woods after asking the mother for permisson, but two passersby unveiled his creepy intentions

A man has received a sentence of up to a decade in a state penitentiary for the “indecent” assault of a mentally disabled minor. This verdict comes as a culmination of a case that began in October 2020, and involved a distressing incident in a wooded area. While David faced multiple charges related to the assault, a plea agreement led to the dismissal of some, focusing on the primary charge of first-degree felony ra-e of a child under 13.

The 18-year-old David M. H., has been sentenced to serve between five and ten years in a state correctional facility for se-ually assaulting a mentally disabled child last year. This decision was made by Judge Jonathan D. G. after David pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree felony ra-e of a child under 13.

The court records indicate that David, held since October 2022 on a $50,000 bond, will receive a credit of 275 days for time served. Upon his release, state law mandates that David will be on probation for three years and will need to register as a se- offender for his lifetime.

Despite facing additional charges related to the incident, these were dropped when David chose to plead guilty to the ra-e. During the sentencing, Judge Jonathan gave David an opportunity to speak. He simply stated, “Wish me luck,” as cited by the Centre Daily Times, a request that Judge Jonathan declined.

Witness accounts provided to the state police described a distressing scene on October 15, 2020. Two individuals reported seeing David, unclothed, with a young boy in a wooded area. Upon confrontation, David attempted to flee but was pursued by the witnesses, who also alerted the authorities. The child, evidently traumatized, informed the witnesses of the forced se-ual act and mentioned being threatened by David to stay silent about the incident.

According to reports, the victim’s mother reportedly told investigators that David went to her home earlier that day, falsely presenting himself as a 14-year-old friend of the child, asking if the boy could come out and play. When the victim came outside to greet David, the child reportedly said he did not know him. David responded that his appearance had altered, which is why he wasn’t immediately recognizable.

Following these proceedings, David will be relocated from the Centre County Correctional Facility to a state prison to begin his sentence.

Jordan Collins

Jordan is an experienced editor with years in the journalism and reporting industry. He loves talking with the community about the problems local residents face and state politics. You can find him in the gym almost every day or see him jogging.

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