A Bristol Township man admitted to sexually assaulting a young girl almost every month for two years has accepted a plea deal. He has been sentenced to twenty years in state prison.
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The Bucks County Common Pleas Court said that 35-year-old Darrius Prince pleaded guilty to charges that include the rape of a child. Entering a plea deal will allow Prince to serve a shorter jail term. Had he not accepted the agreement and instead been convicted at trial, Judge Raymond McHugh in Bucks County Common Pleas Court said he “would be receiving a much, much longer sentence.”
Prince has been accused of sexually assaulting the child in 2015 when she was only 11 then. Authorities said Prince admitted to abusing the child and saying he “wanted to kill himself” over what he did.
Prince sexually assaulted the child when he showed up at the emergency room of Lower Bucks Hospital on October 24, 2017.
The plea agreement consummated on Monday spared the victim from testifying in court and recalling the horrors she went through. Authorities said Prince must serve a minimum of seven years in prison.
Prince told the judge in court on Monday how sorry he was for his crime. He said: “I’m very sorry for what I did. I’m not going to ever let it happen again.”
Even after he has served out his 20 years prison time, Prince will still be on probation. He will also have to register with the Pennsylvania State Police as a sex offender.