College Township man gets 30-60 years for child sex abuse

Stephen Davis Lucas Jr., was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in state prison on Thursday.
Stephen Davis Lucas Jr., was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in state prison on Thursday.

Stephen Lucas has been held at Centre County Correctional Facility since April 2014, when he was arrested on more than 100 child sex abuse charges.

Lucas, 39, will soon move to a state correctional facility. The former College Township resident pleaded guilty to nine counts each of felony rape and child rape in February, and President Judge Thomas King Kistler sentenced Lucas to 30 to 60 years in state prison in accordance with a plea agreement Thursday morning.

The charges stem from four years of abuse that began when the child was 8 years old and stopped in May 2013, when the child’s mother contacted State College police.

At sentencing, District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller called the the child a “hero” for having come forward out of concern for a younger family member.

The victim was sometimes in Lucas’ care, according to court documents. The reported abuse ranged from making the child undress in front of him and exposing himself to forcible intercourse, according to police. He was also accused of taking photographs of the rape and making the child watch pornography, according to police.

Conditions of the sentence included restitution of $2,000 to the child. Lucas is to have no contact with the child or the child’s family.

Lance Marshall, Lucas’ attorney, objected to the no-contact portion of the sentence and said Lucas has been in regular contact with the child’s mother during his incarceration. Lucas and the mother wanted to stay in touch, Marshall said. He asked that that provision be lifted and offered a stipulation that further contact would be limited to letters.

Kistler denied the objection and said that if the mother wanted the stipulation lifted, she could take it up with the District Attorney’s Office or Marshall could file a post-sentence motion.

Lucas declined to speak at sentencing.