Crime

Osceola Mills man sentenced to 30-60 years in prison for child sexual abuse.

An Osceola Mills man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 to 60 years in state prison after he was found guilty of 62 charges of sexually abusing a child. He was also ordered to have no contact with children younger than 18.

Phillip Colton, 58, was accused of sexually abusing a mentally disabled girl between 2010 and 2013. The girl was 10 when the abuse started, but she has the cognition of a 6-year-old, according to a news release from the Centre County District Attorney’s Office.

He was found guilty by a jury of felony charges including rape of a child younger than 13, rape of a child with mental disabilities and aggravated indecent assault of a child. He was also found guilty of multiple misdemeanor charges tied to the assaults.

The District Attorney’s Office said Colton abused the girl at his home while her family was working or away. He befriended the girl and convinced her to keep the abuse a secret.

Colton watched pornographic movies with the girl and groped her breasts on several occasions, according to the release. He also performed sexual acts on the girl and forced her to do the same to him. A hearing will be held this week to decide if Colton should be classified as a sexually violent predator.

From CDT staff reports

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