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Hatfield man draws prison for rape of a child

James Bryan Maloney, 39, was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison

- By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@pottsmerc.com

NORRISTOWN >> A Hatfield Township man is on his way to state prison for sexually assaulting an underage girl on several occasions while she was in his company at locations in the township.

James Bryan Maloney, 39, of the 1700 block of Moyer Road, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 10 to 20 years in a state correction­al facility on three felony charges of rape of a child in connection with incidents that occurred between July 2019 and March 2020.

Judge Wendy G. Rothstein convicted Maloney of the charges during a so-called stipulated bench trial at which Maloney stipulated to certain facts contained in an affidavit of probable cause.

The judge also ordered Maloney to complete three years’ probation following parole, meaning Maloney will be under court supervisio­n for 23 years.

Specifical­ly, according to stipulatio­ns of facts read in court, Maloney had sexual contact with the girl on at least three occasions at a time when the girl was 5 and 6 years old and she was in his company.

“The victim was very young.

This was during a time when the victim was alone with him. It was terrifying for the victim,” said Assistant District Attorney Karla Pisarcik, who handled the case, adding the sentence “holds him accountabl­e for the course of conduct of sexual abuse that he perpetrate­d against his victim.”

“This prevented the victim from having to testify and being re-traumatize­d,” added Pisarcik, explaining the benefit of a stipulated bench trial. “The defendant admitted that the stipulatio­ns that we read on the record were true and he was found guilty and I think that’s a just and good result for the victim in this case.”

The judge ordered Maloney to have no contact with the victim.

Maloney must undergo a psychosexu­al evaluation and comply with all recommenda­tions for treatment.

Additional­ly, Maloney faces a lifetime requiremen­t to report his address to state police in order to comply with Pennsylvan­ia’s Sexual Offender Registrati­on and Notificati­on Act.

Court documents indicate the investigat­ion began in September 2020 when Hatfield Township detectives were notified by the victim’s mother that the girl had disclosed to her that she had been sexually assaulted by Maloney while she was in his company.

The case was investigat­ed by Hatfield Detective Sergeant Richard Hoffner.

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