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Pennsylvania man receives maximum sentence for rape of 4-year-old boy

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On Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 a Northampton County, Pa. judge ordered a 56-year-old man to spend the next 27 to 55 years in a state prison for the rape of a 4-year-old boy, The Morning Call reported.

“I can find nothing that would suggest a lesser sentence is appropriate,” the judge told Donald Pembleton. “You are a predator who preyed on this child. You lured him into your world and you preyed upon him in the most despicable manner.”

“Your victim was only 4, and that is disgraceful,” the judge added.

Pembleton used a utility knife to force the 4-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him in the back yard of a home on April 26 of last year. In addition, Pembleton was fully aware that he had Hepatitis C, which he has now exposed to the small child.

Just after 1:00 in the afternoon that day, a woman who lived next door to where the abuse occurred contacted authorities after she saw Pembleton exposing himself to the child and touching him in a sexual manner.

Pembleton pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, attempted aggravated indecent assault, corrupting a minor and reckless endangerment. The judge issued the longest possible sentence for each offense then stacked them against each other to ensure that Pembleton would be in prison for as long as possible.

Pembleton will first be eligible for parole when he is 83-years-old, but his sentencing could last until the year 2068, well past his natural life.

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