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Man Sentenced to 18 to 40 Years for Sex Assault on 6-Year-Old Girl

November 27, 2017

Contact: Megan K. Stricker, 215.348.6576, mkstricker@buckscounty.org

William McEvoy
       William McEvoy

A repeat sex offender who assaulted a 6-year-old Bristol Township girl was sentenced today to serve 18 to 40 years in prison.

William E. McEvoy, 44, had pleaded guilty Aug. 21 in Bucks County Common Pleas Court to charges including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

In 1994, McEvoy had pleaded guilty to statutory rape for assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Bristol Borough.

“I have serious questions about whether you are a person who should ever see the light of the community again,” President Judge Jeffrey L. Finley told the defendant. “The fact that you molested a child when you were 20 and then did it again when you were 42 makes me believe you are a pedophile” who is likely to re-offend.

McEvoy’s most recent assault happened Dec. 10, 2015, in an apartment the girl shared with her mother. He exposed himself to the victim, then forcibly performed oral sex on her.

The victim is now 8 and doing well in school, Assistant District Attorney Megan K. Stricker told Finley, and her mother “determined it would do more harm than good” to have the child testify at McEvoy’s sentencing.

Instead, Stricker submitted a short letter from the girl, who said McEvoy’s assault “made me sad and scared. I was very mad because he hurt me. After he hurt me he told me not to tell my mom, but I did anyway. Since this happened I get scared at night and sleep in my mom’s bed. I have been getting better and have started sleeping in my own bed again. I have trouble trusting people now, even my own dad.”

The girl wrote that she didn’t want McEvoy “to ever be near my family again because I’m afraid he’s going to hurt me again.”

McEvoy told Finley that he was extremely drunk at the time of the assault, and that most of his legal problems have happened because of alcohol. In between his sexual assaults, he has a history of misdemeanor offenses including drunken driving, resisting arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

McEvoy said he has been drinking since age 12, and that he has been in and out of mental health institutions since he was a young child.

The Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board determined that McEvoy did not meet the criteria to be declared a sexually violent predator. He will, however, be required to register with state police as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Finley directed that McEvoy receive mental health, substance abuse and sexual offender treatment while in prison.

The case was investigated by the Bristol Township Police Department.

Approved for release by Gregg D. 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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