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Man Caught Raping 4-Year-Old Gets 28½-Year Sentence

Sexual predator infected with Hepatitis C assaulted child in broad daylight.

Donald B. Pembleton
Donald B. Pembleton

A Bethlehem man who was caught raping a 4-year-old child in a South Side residential back yard in broad daylight was sentenced to no less than 28½ years in a state prison by a Northampton County judge on Tuesday, according online court records.

Bethlehem police caught Donald B. Pembleton, 56, in the act of assaulting the child, on April 26, a Friday afternoon. A neighbor had called 911 to report an “older male” sexually assaulting a child in the rear yard of a home on Thomas Street, according to court records.

After arresting Pembleton, police also discovered that Pembleton was positive for Hepatitis C, a virus that infects the liver and is spread primarily through blood-to-blood contact.

The shocking discovery of a sexual predator in the neighborhood led Bethlehem police to ask parents of other possible victims to come forward. Apparently, no other victims did.

Pembleton pleaded guilty in September to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, criminal attempt to commit aggravated indecent assault on someone less than 13 years old, recklessly endangering another person and corruption of minors.

Judge Paula Roscioli ordered that the sentences for all four of the crimes be served consecutively—providing for a maximum sentence of 57 years.

Roscioli also handed out the maximum possible sentences for each crime that she was able to under the law, according to The Morning Call.

The judge said that examiners concluded that Pembleton is a “very high risk” to offend again, an assessment she said she could not remember seeing before, the newspaper reported.

jackie miller January 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM
He may be killed in prison, but if not, he surely will die, in prison...He can never do this to ANYONE AGAIN! GOD has seen to that thru the court system! Amen, Bless this child and may GOD have mercy and keep the disease from her!!!!!
Critter January 22, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Yes God, please have mercy on this poor child. And I hope the Bast*** never, ever makes it out of prison alive!!!!!!!
Maria Ortiz January 23, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Hope he dies in prison and is tortured. May the lord protect the little girl. And God bless the judge who did the best she could under the law
Rachel Thompson January 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM
I'm confused looking at the comments. How is invoking god for the child but wishing grave harm to the criminal Christian? Where in the bible did Jesus do that? What about all the statements counter to the idea of issuing punishment and judgement. What about forgiveness? I'm all for incarcerating bad guys but cursing people is immoral and unchristian-like.
Paula January 25, 2014 at 01:20 PM
@rachel: forgive him for raping an innocent child??? Do you have children?? Screw forgiving him. Lets ALL pray for this child. Karma will take care of him while he's sitting his dirt ass in prison.

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