Crime

Court affirms 203-406-year sentence for man convicted of raping children

Joseph Bailey Sr.
Joseph Bailey Sr.

A man convicted of raping three children in April 2014 could be confined to a jail cell for the rest of his life after the state Superior Court upheld his centuries-long sentence.

Joseph Bailey Sr., of Fleming, was found guilty of two counts of incest, five counts of sexual assault, four counts of corruption of minors, one count of indecent assault with lack of consent, three counts of furnishing liquor to minors, four counts of rape of a child, four counts of aggravated indecent assault of a child, two counts of statutory sexual assault, one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a child and five counts of indecent assault on a person less than 13 years of age.

Bailey raped the children from May 2008 to August 2012.

He was originally sentenced to serve a minimum of 203 years to a maximum of 406 years in state prison, by county Judge Pamela A. Ruest, after a two-day trial in April 2014. Bailey appealed that sentence.

According to a press release Thursday from the Centre County District Attorney’s Office, Bailey argued to the Pennsylvania Superior Court that his “three criminal cases did not meet the criteria for consolidation, challenging the rulings on the motions in limine.”

Bailey also asserted that the court abused its discretion.

The Superior Court affirmed the sentence Ruest imposed, ruling that “given the egregious pattern of sexual abuse and the resultant physical and emotional harm that Bailey inflicted upon his victims, we agree with the trial court’s conclusion that a sentence of 203 (to) 406 years in prison is reasonable and not excessive.”

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a statement that “children are the most precious of all and they need our full protection. We hope for a happy and healthy future for these young survivors now that they are safe and justice has been served.”

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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