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Man, 20, Gets 12.5 to 25 Years for Sex Assault on Woman, 72

March 27, 2017

Kristin M. McElroy, 215.348.6336, kmmcelroy@buckscounty.org 
Matthew S. Lannetti, 215.340.8018, mslannetti@buckscounty.org 

Patrick Dilks

A young man who sexually assaulted a 72-year-old woman while burglarizing her Middletown Township home was sentenced today to serve 12 ½ to 25 years in prison.

Patrick Dilks, 20, of Middletown, was sentenced after pleading guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and burglary of an occupied dwelling before Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Rea B. Boylan.

Dilks appeared to be at a loss to explain his crimes, saying, “That wasn’t me that day.” He apologized, adding, “It probably doesn’t mean that much at this time.”

He admitted entering the woman’s house around mid-day Oct. 23, 2015, while the victim was watching TV in her upstairs bedroom.

She told police that she encountered Dilks, holding a knife, in her hallway. He forced the woman to disrobe and perform oral sex on him, threatening to rape her when she initially refused.

“The problem is that it was you that day,” Boylan told Dilks. “We are all capable of actions that are awful and actions that are good … You need to realize that that is within you.”

The judge said she believed the negotiated plea agreement took into consideration what she called “the horrendous nature of this assault.”

The victim did not attend today’s hearing, but submitted a written statement that she had asked Deputy District Attorney Kristin M. McElroy to read aloud in court.

“I felt fear like I had never felt fear before when … I walked out of my bedroom and saw a strange young man holding a knife in my hall,” the statement said. “With the help of my Lord and Savior Jesus, I got through this horrible experience of sexual assault.

“I have forgiven him but I want to be sure that he gets a fair punishment so no other person has to go through this horrific experience. He has to learn that there are consequences to bad decisions.”

In addition to the prison time, Boylan sentenced Dilks to a consecutive five years of probation, ordered him to pay $880 in restitution to the victim, and ordered him to undergo drug and alcohol and sex-offender treatment. He will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The victim wrote that she had undergone counseling to help process what had happened to her, and that she “felt free” upon learning she would not have to re-live the ordeal by testifying about it in court. “I didn’t realize what a burden all of this had been on me for almost a year and a half,” she wrote.

The woman concluded by saying she hoped that Dilks could receive religious counseling in prison and be rehabilitated.  

“We want him to be a better person when he comes out so he can have a fulfilling life,” she wrote. “We will … pray this for him.”

The case was investigated by Detective David Strother of the Middletown Township Police Department and co-prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Matthew S. Lannetti.

Approved for release by Gregg Shore, First Assistant District Attorney.


Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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