A Corry man was sentenced to county jail for sexual assault-related charges during Warren County court proceedings Friday.
Judge Gregory Hammond sentenced Matthew M. Downey, 27, Corry, to 312 days to two years minus one day in Warren County Jail with credit for time served for statutory sexual assault.
Downey was also sentenced to one year of probation to be served consecutively, undergo a DNA test, pay $1,500 in fines and fees, undergo sexual offender counseling and have no contact with the victim or victim's family. He received an additional two years of probation to be served consecutively, $500 in fines and fees and had to register with Pennsylvania State Police under Megan's Law for 10 years on a count of luring a child into a motor vehicle.
Defense Attorney Timothy George introduced 30 letters of support into the record. The defendant and his family know the crime is serious, he said, and they have known so ever since proceedings began.
Downey has paid, George said, and will continue to pay for what he did. For the rest of his life, he said, his client will rightly be labeled a sex offender.
According to George, Downey has no significant prior record. Despite little formal education, he said he also has an impressive work history.
"This is not a case of only accepting responsibility when it was convenient," George said. "He implicated himself under questioning and provided a complete confession before he had any representation."
The victim never appeared in open court, George said, which spared her further inconvenience. In determining a sentence, he asked Hammond to weigh not only the wrongness of Downey's action but also his potential to avoid trouble in the future.
Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Feronti said the victim at the time of the incident was 13 years old, making her half of the defendant's age. The state had no objection to a probation sentence, she said, as it would give Downey the opportunity to do something with his life.
Downey admitted to making a terrible decision and expressed his regret. While the victim was not in court, Hammond said the defendant should understand the effect he had on her.
"She will continue to be impacted by your crimes long after you walk out of jail and are no longer under supervision," Hammond said.