A Schuylkill County man was sentenced to a long state prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court on a charge of sexual assault.
Lawrence Scott Danforth, 27, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 54 to 108 months on the charge and eight to 24 months on a charge of corruption of a minor. The two terms run concurrently.
Danford was arrested by Lehighton police on Jan. 11. He was originally charged with rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of a child, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors. In a pleas bargain, all the counts were dropped except the two he was sentenced on. He previously pleaded to the charges.
Danforth admitted assaulting a young girl at two different locations in the borough between 2008 and 2010. The victim was between the age of six and nine-years-old, at the time.
Yesterday Danforth told Serfass, "I apologize for my actions. I should have known better."
The mother of the child told the court her daughter has been traumatized by the incidents. She said her daughter has suffered continued emotional problems that has required counseling. She added, "It's my worst nightmare."
Serfass called the crime "horrible" and that, "This will affect the lives of the victim and her family for the rest of their lives."
Serfass previously held a hearing to determined if Danforth was a sexual violent predator under Megan's Law. He ruled that Danforth was and ordered that he must registered for the rest of his life as a violent sexual predator.
In addition to the jail term Serfass ordered Danforth to get both mental health and drug and alcohol evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment, have no contact with the victim or her family, submit to a sexual offenders evaluation, and zero tolerance imposed on drug and alcohol use.
He was given credit for 434 days spent in jail to date on the charges.