Crime

Prisoner sentenced to additional time for incest charges

A man already serving a sentence in state prison will see more time after being sentenced on incest charges Tuesday.

Centre County Judge Pamela A. Ruest sentenced Donald Reid, 23, to 3-6 years for 10 felony incest charges to be served consecutively to a 5-10-year sentence Reid is already serving on charges incurred in Clearfield County. Reid pleaded guilty before Ruest in December.

The charges stem from an incident in Rush Township in June 2012. A family member, then 17 years old, reported to state police that Reid had sex with her while she was unconscious after a night of drinking, according to the criminal complaint. Reid told police he did not rape the person, but there were 10 consensual incidents that happened when he was seduced while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to police.

Reid’s public defender, Patrick Klena, asked Ruest to impose the sentence to run concurrently with the one Reid is already serving.

Reid took a polygraph test during the investigation and rape charges were never filed against him, Klena said.

Assistant District Attorney Jessica Lathrop disagreed and asked the judge to tack the time on top of the other sentence.

Although Reid did not face rape charges, Lathrop said the consensual nature of the encounters is questionable and pointed to the nature of the charges in the Clearfield County case.

Reid pleaded guilty there in February to felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and other charges involving a person under the age of 16, according to court documents.

Reid addressed the court and also asked for a concurrent sentence. He said the cases in both counties happened during a bad time in his life and he is now attending programs and doing well in prison.

“I’m not a bad person,” he said.

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