The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 15, 2012

Child molester gets 12-24 years in prison

By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item

DANVILLE — A man convicted of sexually assaulting a girl who was 6 and 7 at the time was ordered Monday in Montour County Court to start his jail term of 12 to 24 years immediately.

Brandon R. Mowrer, 26, of the rear of 356 Ferry St., will also be listed on Megan’s Law upon his release from prison, Columbia-Montour Counties President Judge Thomas James Jr. said Monday.

James also fined him $500 for a charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and sentenced him to pay a $500 fine and to a concurrent jail term in state prison of nine months to five years for corruption of a minor.

He faced a maximum of 45 years in jail and $35,000 in fines.

Mowrer, who was free on bail, attempted to withdraw his guilty pleas to sexually assaulting the girl. But James denied the request.

Mowrer also sought to fire his attorney, Marissa Marshall. “I don’t feel I am being represented at my fullest,” he told the judge.

Marshall said she had no problem with that. She said she gave her client his pre-sentence report two weeks ago and he just told her Monday morning he didn’t want her to represent him anymore. Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren said she was just handed the information that morning.

“You sat through the suppression hearing where the victim testified, even though she probably was one of the best child witnesses I have ever heard for her age. She obviously found it difficult to testify,” James told Mowrer.

After that, his case was scheduled for trial and a jury was selected. “The victim was present, emotional and crying but understood and was ready to testify as she did during the suppression hearing,” James said.

Mowrer entered guilty pleas to the charges minutes before his trial was to begin.

“As far as the interest of justice being concerned and putting it through the system, coupled with the victim preparing to go to trial, it is an absolute miscarriage of justice,” he said, denying the request to withdraw the pleas.

During sentencing James said the case carried a mandatory minimum of 10 years in jail.

Mowrer said he could begin serving his sentence Thursday. The judge ordered him to start immediately.

“The child would go to the Mowrer home and was taken advantage of on several occasions,” James said. “I hope the victim’s status ends today. She wants to be a lawyer.”

He told Mowrer Megan’s Law requires a lifetime sentence of him registering his  address with state police.

Danville police charged him in January 2011 for incidents from 2007 to 2008. The girl was 6 and 7 years old at the time.