Bellefonte man sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for child sex abuse

A Bellefonte man will spend at least 30 years behind bars for sexually abusing two young girls between 2001 and 2011.

Jeffrey Storms, 42, was sentenced Tuesday by President Judge Thomas King Kistler to serve the next 30 to 60 years in state prison. Storms was also found to be a sexually violent predator, and if he is paroled, he would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, said the Centre County District Attorney’s Office.

Storms faced more than 300 charges and pleaded guilty to some and no contest to others on the morning in March that his trial was to begin. The charges included counts of attempted rape of a child and possession of child pornography.

State police in Philipsburg began investigating Storms after a 17-year-old girl in December 2011 reported that he sexually abused her numerous times from when she was 5 until she was 11. The girl told police that Storms touched her inappropriately and forced her to touch him and that he made her watch pornography.

During the course of the investigation, another girl, then 18, came forward and reported Storms touched her inappropriately when she was 10 and tried to rape her.

Prosecutors said Storms also purchased alcohol on numerous occasions for two other young teens and offered it to the victims “to make them sexually compliant.”

During an investigation, police found 133 pictures and 42 videos of child pornography on Storms’ personal computer.

“He forever altered the lives of at least four young children to satisfy his deviant sexual perversions, and that is something they will have to live with forever,” said Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller. “At least now children will be safe from him, and for the next 30 years, he will have some idea of what it feels like to have his free will compromised.”

Public defender Casey McClain, who is representing Storms, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.