A former Lititz-area man will serve up to six decades for six years of sex abuse of a local girl.
On Wednesday, Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker jailed Chad Earl Frantz for 30 ½ to 61 years for the abuse, which began in 2003.
Reinaker presided over Frantz’ trial in December when he was convicted of 10 counts, including rape of a child.
In court, Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield said impact from abuse on the girl was more than she’d seen in any other case in her career.
Mansfield asked Reinaker to order consecutive sentences on the most serious charges, which he did.
Reinaker also deemed Frantz a “sexually violent predator” and ordered he register his whereabouts with police, under Megan’s Law, for the rest of his life.
Dr. Robert Stein, a psychologist, opined that Frantz exhibits pedophilic behavior – a sexual interest in children – and would likely re-offend if released. Frantz’ condition is incurable, Stein opined.
Reinaker considered Stein’s report when deeming Frantz a “sexually violent predator.”
Frantz abused the girl, beginning when she was 4, at an apartment on Hopeland Road in Clay Township.
The girl, now 16, testified at trial and was in court Wednesday for sentencing.
Northern Lancaster County Regional police Detective Eric Zimmerman filed charges.
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