West Brandywine Man Found Guilty of Raping a Child

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WEST CHESTER, PA β€” A West Brandywine man has been convicted of five counts of rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, corruption of minors, and related charges, announced Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan.

A jury found 29-year-old Casey Fowler guilty on Friday of sexually and physically abusing the victim when she was between the ages of 5-11 years old beginning in 2007. The abuse occurred at multiple locations across Chester County when the defendant babysat the victim and at other times. He will be sentenced at a later date.

β€œThe defendant violated a young and helpless child in the most horrific ways. He deprived her of a normal childhood,” said Ryan. “The strength of the victim to come forward was crucial for this case. As with most sexual assault cases, there were no eyewitnesses to these unimaginable acts and the victim was not ready to report it for several years. We are very grateful to the jury for giving this victim justice.”

Assistant District Attorneys Christine Abatemarco and Zachary Yurick prosecuted the case and presented evidence at trial that throughout the years of abuse, the defendant would sexually assault the victim while they were outside when he babysat her, or he would pin her down inside her home and forcibly rape her.

The victim also stated that the defendant would physically abuse the victim when she would not comply and threatened her on multiple occasions. She reported to police that the defendant told her that if she told anyone, he would kill her.

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Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan commended the West Brandywine Township Police Department and Chester County Detectives for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Fowler.

Call Childline at 1-800-932-0313 if you suspect a child is being abused. Learn to recognize, react to, and report child sexual abuse by taking a free virtual Stewards of Children workshop. Contact County Coordinator Ozzie Mendoza at emendoza@chesco.org or 610-344-5576 for more information.

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