Warren man sent to state prison for sexual assault

A Warren man will spend over two years in state prison for sexually assaulting a woman earlier this year.

Michael Wayne Herbert Vanderhoff, 22, entered a plea to the charge last month, as well as to a count of simple assault at a separate docket.

Vanderhoff was before a jury the week before on a count involuntary deviate sexual intercourse – forcible compulsion that Pennsylvania State Police filed back in April.

A woman told police that “she had met Vanderhoff and (he) had driven her to Morrison Run Road” where he ultimately forced her to perform oral sex on him.

His attorney on the indecent assault charge, Henry Borger, said that Vanderhoff has a “very strong support system” and family that are “willing to support him” and “provide him opportunity.”

“These kinds of cases are never easy,” he added, indicating that in taking the plea he should be given “credit for taking responsibility.”

Borger acknowledged that the court has the option to a state or county sentence and he said that Vanderhoff is hoping the sentence is local.

District Attorney Rob Greene said that he doesn’t “believe Warren County… is safe as long as he’s out.

“He’s a rapist, basically,” he added, and “needs to pay the consequences (for what) he did.”

Greene said Vanderhoff committed very similar conduct as a juvenile and that a state sentence is “absolutely appropriate.”

Vanderhoff declined to comment when Hammond gave him the chance to do so.

Hammond said that Vanderhoff is a “poor candidate for rehabilitation” and an “elevated danger to the community.”

He said that Vanderhoff’s juvenile adjudication, when he was 17-years-old, was for charges including aggravated indecent assault.

Hammond then detaild that Vanderhoff spend over a year in residential sexual offender treatment and was discharged at the age of 19.

“Within three years,” Hammond said, you were engaging in the same type of sexual offending” and “haven’t demonstrated any remorse (or) empathy).”

Hammond added that his specific content is the “most extreme, violent and offensive” under the indecent assault charge and that his conduct “merits special consideration at sentencing.”

He advised Vanderhoff that he would be subject to 25 years of registration as a sexual offender once released from prison.

Hammond then sentenced to Vanderhoff on the indecent assault count to 19-57 months in state prison, $1,125 in fines and fees, no contact or communication with the victim, sexual offender counseling and submission of a DNA sample. He was given credit for time served and is not boot camp and recidivism risk reduction incentive eligible.

On a count of simple assault, Vanderhoff was sentenced to eight to 24 months to be served consecutively to the other charge a $300 fine and to have no contact or communication with the victim.