Warren man receives lengthy state prison sentence for rape

A Warren man received a lengthy state prison sentence on Friday for raping a 16-year-old female last year.

Steven Loney, 46, of Warren, was sentenced by President Judge Maureen Skerda following the July 2017 incident in which police say he raped the victim in his car outside of Sugar Grove.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the juvenile reported to staff at Corry Memorial Hospital on July 22 that she had been raped.

A subsequent forensic interview led to the juvenile disclosing that she had been picked up at a park in Corry by Loney, intending to spend the night with a friend.

Between Corry and Warren, the juvenile said in her interview, Loney “stopped the car on what she believed to be Dump Road in Sugar Grove,” and “while stopped off State Route 957, (the juvenile) stated the defendant… had sexual intercourse with her… in the vehicle of (Loney).”

The juvenile also said during her interview that, “during the sexual assault, (Loney) forcibly held her by/around the throat and neck area and continued to do so as the sexual assault was occurring.”

Loney was interviewed on Aug. 28, at which time police said he “initially denied any sexual contact” with the juvenile, “eventually stating he did have consensual sexual intercourse and oral sex” with her.

On Sept. 20, Loney was interviewed a second time, during which he initially denied that he had sexual intercourse with the juvenile before telling police that he “had his hand on the upper inside leg” of the juvenile and that “she did push his hand away and told him no at that time.”

Loney allegedly told police that he “did perform oral sex on (the juvenile) and did have vaginal intercourse with her, also denying any force was used during the sexual contact.”

Chief Public Defender John Parroccini, Loney’s attorney, told the court on Friday that Loney addressed a letter to the court and said it is “one of the most sincere letters received from my clients.”

He said the letter showed remorse and not just for the consequences.

The mother of the victim addressed the court and lamented that her daughter had to repeatedly speak about the assault to hospital staff, police and the district attorney, answering in “very intense details.”

She called Loney a “predator” and said that no family should have to “see their little girl go through what she had to go through.”

She asked Skerda to impose the maximum sentence.

“My daughter is no longer a victim,” she concluded. “She is now a survivor.”

District Attorney Rob Greene noted that the plea offer was generous because the victim “wanted this to end and be over” rather than go to trial..

He asked Skerda to “let this person sit in state prison as long as possible.”

Loney declined to comment when offered the opportunity.

Skerda cited his letter, in which Loney acknowledged that the victim will have to live with his conduct for the rest of her life and offered an apology.

Skerda called it “too little and too late.”

She detailed his prior record, which starts in 1993, which includes multiple DUIs and two separate occasions of manufacturing a controlled substance as well as a crime of violence with intent to terrorize others.

Loney was then sentenced to five years to 10 years incarceration in state prison, $3,375 in fines and fees, to have no contact with the victim or her family, submission of a DNA sample and successful sexual offender treatment before parole on a count of sexual assault. He was given credit for 148 days time served.

Skerda advised Loney that, once released from prison, he would be required to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.

On a count of corruption of minors, he was sentenced to a consecutive 16 to 32 months incarceration in state prison.