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Man Who Re-Victimized Child Rape Victim Gets 7.5 to 20 Years

November 21, 2017

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

Dennis Frye
Dennis Frye

 A Yardley man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl who already had been raped repeatedly as a young child was sentenced Monday to serve seven and one-half to 20 years in state prison.

Dennis Frye, 51, was aware of the Middletown Township girl’s traumatic past when he gained access to her by offering childcare assistance to her mother, who was struggling with mental health issues.  

Instead of helping, Frye molested and solicited sex from the girl, whose father is serving more than 20 years in prison for raping her over a period of several years.

Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler said Frye had targeted the victim, now 15, despite knowing that she was suicidal and was cutting her arms and legs to cope with her emotional pain.

According to court records, Frye bought the girl a cell phone and used it to send her sexually explicit messages. He told her he loved her and wanted to marry her, repeatedly fondled and groped her, asked her for sex, and angrily threatened to take away her phone when the girl refused.

“He was doing everything he could to victimize her again,” Kohler told Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Raymond F. McHugh. “Essentially, this is a little girl who feels that she has no way out other than to kill herself.”

The victim’s mother said her daughter has tried to commit suicide three times.

In a written statement that was read aloud in court, the victim wrote that she was “blinded by the fact that someone finally loved me” when Frye was committing his crimes against her.

“I didn’t see how inappropriate it was,” she wrote. “I just saw a dad figure who was there for me and loved me. I now realize that it was just a form of manipulation, but that breaks my heart because all my life I have tried so hard to be perfect just so I could get love and affection I needed.

“But I’m different now,” she added. “I love myself and I don’t need other people to validate me.”

In 2016, the victim’s father was convicted of sexually assaulting her over a period of years, beginning when she was 6. He is serving a 21½- to 47-year sentence in state prison.

No sooner had that case ended than Frye began sexually targeting the victim anew, court records say.

The girl’s mother told McHugh that she “was mentally ill and needed help” after her ex-husband was sent to prison last year. “This man saw that I was struggling and saw an opportunity to take advantage of my family.”

She called Frye “a dangerous man” who deserved a lengthy sentence.

Frye said he “never meant for things to get out of hand,” saying the victim will “never know how much” he is sorry.

His attorney, John Fioravanti, said that Frye “wants to be treated for these issues. He wants to get the help that he needs.”

Frye pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault for soliciting sex from the girl, as well as unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a communications facility, and indecent assault on a victim less than 16 years of age.

“You, sir, are a monster,” McHugh told him.

“Using that ruse to gain entry to [the victim’s] family, the defendant then engages in conduct that is almost unimaginable,” despite knowing the girl was suicidal and cutting herself, the judge said. “It shakes your faith in human beings.”

McHugh imposed consecutive prison sentences for each offense: 33 to 96 months for both the statutory sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor; 18 to 36 months for criminal use of a communications facility; and six to 12 months for indecent assault.

McHugh ordered Frye to undergo sex offender treatment in prison and to have no contact with the victim – or any unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 – after being released.

The case was investigated by the Middletown Township Police Department.

Approved for release by Thomas C. Gannon, Deputy 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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