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Man Gets 15 to 30 Years for Sexual Assaults on Girls

October 18, 2016

Contact: Kate Kohler, 215.348.6327, kkohler@buckscounty.org

A former Falls Township resident was sentenced Monday to serve 15 to 30 years in state prison for repeatedly molesting and raping one young girl, and for sexually assaulting a second girl in the back of a vehicle.

Roberto Cruz, 57, was sentenced by Bucks County Judge Diane E. Gibbons after pleading guilty to the assaults.

Cruz subjected one of the victims to repeated attacks over a six-year period, beginning with inappropriate touching when she was 7 and escalating to rape.

The crimes went unreported until December 2015, when the girl’s mother learned of them through a third party and contacted Falls Township police.

Cruz’s assaults on the girl took place at various locations. In one instance, he picked her up as she walked home from school and raped her in his car in a nearby park. He then drove to a convenience store to buy her candy before taking her home.

After the assaults, Cruz coerced the girl to stay silent, saying that he would kill her mother if she told anyone what he had done.

The assault on the second girl took place in the back seat of a vehicle being driven by the victim’s mother. Cruz inappropriately touched the girl, 13, while attempting to force her to masturbate him. The girl told her mother about the assault after they got home, and said that she never again saw Cruz.

Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler, who prosecuted the case, said Falls Township detectives unearthed additional assaults against at least four other girls or young women in Philadelphia and Bucks County.

Those attacks occurred as long ago as 1995 and as recently as 2012, Kohler told Gibbons in court. Cruz admitted to each of those assaults as well.

Approved for release by Daniel Sweeney, Deputy District Attorney.


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