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Reams sentenced to 20-40 years for child rape
Friday, September 6, 2013
A Glen Hope man, Christopher Lee Reams, 32, of Glen Hope Valley Blvd., has been sentenced to state prison for sexually assaulting two children, according to Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr.
On Oct. 5, 2012, Trooper Terry Jordan of the state police in Clearfield filed two separate criminal complaints charging Reams with rape of child, F1, two counts; statutory sexual assault, F2, two counts; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, F1, two counts; aggravated indecent assault, F1, two counts; sexual assault, F2, two counts; indecent assault, F3, two counts; and indecent exposure, M1, two counts.
According to the complaint, in August 2012 the state police began an investigation into the rape of two children. Upon investigation it was found that between March 2010 and March 2011, Reams had sexually molested a boy, 8, and a girl, 5.
Both children were interviewed as part of the investigation and reported that Reams had inappropriately touched them and had sexual relations with them at a residence in Chest Township.
On Feb. 7, 2013, Reams pleaded guilty to the charges.
The Honorable Fredric J. Ammerman issued an order directing that Reams undergo a Megan's Law assessment by the state Sexual Offender Assessment Board prior to sentencing. A Megan's Law hearing was held Sept. 5.
During the Megan's Law hearing, Shaw offered expert testimony from Herbert E. Hays, a member of the Pa. Sexual Offender Assessment Board, who conducted an assessment to determine if Reams meets the statutory criteria to be classified as a sexually-violent predator. Hays said that it was his expert opinion that Reams does meet the criteria to be classified as a sexually violent predator, noting that Reams meets the diagnostic criteria of a pedophile. Hays further noted that because one of the victims was a male, Reams was twice as likely to re-offend than offenders with female victims.
Following the presentation of testimony and evidence, Ammerman then issued an order declaring Reams a sexually-violent predator for purpose of Megan's Law. Following the hearing, Ammerman sentenced Reams to a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of 40 years in the state prison system.
Shaw said he was pleased with the sentence, and that a sentence of this magnitude conveys a strong message that this type of inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
He said protecting children from predators will always remain a top priority for the district attorney's office and law enforcement in Clearfield County.
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