WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office accounced that Joseph Allen V, age 21 of West Chester, was convicted by a jury of attempted aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault for the sexual assault of a 24-year-old woman in a West Chester bar in 2020. The defendant will be sentenced in the next few months.
District Attorney Deb Ryan said, “The victim and defendant were total strangers when they walked into the bar, yet within a matter of minutes, the defendant violated this woman in a dehumanizing and abhorrent manner in front of everyone. This victim did not give him consent to touch her in any way, but he continued to unlawfully grope her despite her efforts for him to stop. This is unconscionable sexual violence, and I commend the victim for her courage in coming forward.”
On July 25, 2020, the victim entered Jakes’s Bar in West Chester, where the defendant was celebrating his 21st birthday with relatives and friends. One of his female friends invited the victim to play shuffleboard with them, and she was paired with the defendant.
While playing the game, the defendant sexually assaulted the victim. Despite the victim moving away from the defendant, telling him not to touch her that way and removing his hands, the defendant continued to sexually assault her until she finally fled to the bathroom. After leaving the bathroom, she confronted the defendant and told other people what he had done.
Newly installed security cameras captured all the assaults.
West Chester Borough Police Department investigated. Assistant District Attorneys Nicole Morley and Jessica Acito were the prosecutors.
Victims of sexual assault are urged to call 610-692-7273, The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. 24/7 sexual assault hotline.
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