BELLEFONTE — Convicted serial peeper Ryan Ho barely made a peep in court Friday as a judge said he’ll spend the next 26 years of his life behind bars.
Ho, 34, never showed remorse or offered an explanation for the series of burglaries and sexual offenses that led to his conviction on all charges related to a spree of burglaries and indecent assaults in Penn State dorms and around State College between 2009 and 2011.
The native of Taiwan maintained his innocence through his attorney, Karen Muir, who said her client will appeal his conviction.
That lack of remorse hurt him, as Judge Pamela A. Ruest said the attitude factored into the sentence that will put away Ho until he’s 60. All told, the sentence range is 26 to 52 years and includes 14 separate burglary counts as well as lesser charges like indecent assault, open lewdness and loitering.
Ho was convicted in May after several women testified at trial that they’d come home to their Penn State dorms or apartments to find Ho, often masturbating in front of them. Ho even revictimized those women who did not report the incidents to police.
Police testified that Ho’s behavior grew more aggressive, as he began grabbing and fondling the victims and keeping them from being able to get away. Ho even used a Taser on several victims, and Ruest called that behavior “egregious.”
Ho testified at trial as the only defense witness and denied all the charges, renounced his confession and accused police of lying.
In court, District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller wanted at least two-year minimum sentences for each of the burglary counts.
She was pleased with the result, saying a dangerous man has been put away for a long time.
“We are lucky law enforcement caught him before his crimes escalated any further,” she said. “These women have been changed forever and we are pleased with the lengthy sentence.”
Muir, Ho’s attorney, asked the judge for some leniency, such as a probationary sentence or allowing him to be deported to his native Taiwan.
She said Ho wants to appeal the sentence on the grounds it is excessive, saying he’s “shell-shocked” by the lengthy sentence.
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