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Posted on: May 7, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Another Prison Sentence for Pequea Man who Sexually Abused 2 Children


An incarcerated Pequea Township man was recently sentenced to another term in prison – for sex abuse of a second child victim in 2013.

Frederick W. Townsend, 59, already served a prison sentence for sex abuse of a child at a Sawmill Road home. The second victim recently disclosed the abuse, which happened at the same time as the first case.

In a recent hearing in Lancaster County Court, Townsend was sentenced to 3 to 8 years, plus 7 years of probation, for abuse of that second victim.

In accordance with a plea agreement arranged by Assistant District Attorney Fritz Haverstick, Townsend must also register his whereabouts under Megan’s Law for the rest of his life.

County Judge Howard Knisely accepted the plea terms and ordered sentence. Townsend took part in the hearing via video arrangements from his current prison in Coal Township.

Following parole from the first case, Townsend was sentenced to 1½ to 3 years for failing to register under Megan’s Law, a sentence he is currently serving.

In all, Townsend pleaded guilty to eight charges, filed by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Jonathan Potoka.

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