Allegheny Co. man sentenced for molesting young girl
“There’s a special place in hell for those who prey on children.”
That was part of the message District Attorney Rob Greene brought to an Allegheny County man who will spend three months in jail and register as a sexual offender for the next 15 years for molesting a young girl between 2011 and 2013.
John Patrick Godfrey, Brackenridge, Pa., was charged by Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police back in April with charges including unlawful contact with a minor – sexual offenses, corruption of minors, indecent assault person less than 13 years of age, indecent assault person less than 16 years of age and indecent assault without the consent of another.
He pled guilty to a count of indecent assault in September.
The remaining charges were not prosecuted.
He was sentenced on Friday by President Judge Maureen Skerda.
The alleged incident occurred between 2011 and 2013 when the victim was eight or nine years old, police said.
State Police said that the victim “reported to her mother that… she was sexually assaulted at a camp along Davey Hill Road” in Deerfield Township. “She related through an interview with Allegheny County CYS (Children & Youth Services) that” Godfrey “put his hand down her pants and rubbed her vaginal area.”
She said Godfrey then “told her to never tell anyone about it.
“The story came out when her mother found disturbing text messages on her phone,” police said, “exchanged between the victim and” Godfrey.
Dan Joseph, Godfrey’s attorney, asked for a probationary sentence that would allow his client to keep his job.
Joseph described him as a family man who has posed no other problems since the incident.
Greene said that Godfrey has taken “zero responsibility” for his actions.
Joseph noted that his client pled guilty and questioned what what more responsibility he could take.
Skerda said that the victim’s letters spoke of her anger.
She said that some of the letters sent on his behalf infer that the charges are ludicrous.
“But you pled,” she said. “You’re not innocent. You’re not innocent at all.”
She said that a Sexual Offender Assessment Board assessment found he did not have a mental abnormality which, she said, is “sometimes more disturbing.”
Godfrey was sentenced to 90 days to two years less one day incarceration in the Warren County Jail, $950 in fines and fees, to have no contact with the victim or trespass on her property, submission of a DNA sample, participation in sex offender counseling and to complete 100 hours of community service.
He is work release and early re-entry eligible.
Skerda advised him that he is now subject to sexual offender registration requirements for 15 years.