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Bucks Man Gets 12 to 40 Years for Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

June 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Kohler, 215.348.6327, kkohler@buckscounty.org

Jason Dutkiewicz-Hughes
Jason Dutkiewicz-Hughes

A Bucks County man who admitted sexually assaulting a young girl in his apartment was sentenced today to serve 12 to 40 years in state prison.

Jason Dutkiewicz-Hughes, 32, acknowledged violating the girl orally and manually between February 2012 and February 2013, when the victim was 5 or 6 years old.

Dutkiewicz-Hughes was living at the time with his girlfriend at an apartment complex in Lower Southampton Township.

The girl, now 11, did not tell her mother about the assaults, which happened on multiple occasions, until 2017. The mother contacted authorities and, in an interview with police in January, Dutkiewicz-Hughes confirmed the girl’s allegations.

He pleaded guilty today before Common Pleas Court Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. to involuntary indecent sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault with a child less than 13 years old, and indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age.

Dutkiewicz-Hughes told Bateman that he confessed and cooperated immediately because he did not want to cause the girl further stress.

“I feel horrible. I made a terrible mistake,” he said. “I just hope that she is able to recover from what I did … I hope she can move on with her life and be okay.”

The sentence was recommended to Bateman as part of a plea agreement negotiated between Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler and Assistant Public Defender Brian M. Schuster.

The girl did not attend today’s hearing. In a statement read in court, her mother, who was present, wrote that the crimes have left her daughter depressed and reluctant to talk about what happened to her.

The victim has undergone counseling to help her learn coping strategies, her mother said, but “it will not remove the past from her life and this is something she will have to work on coping with most, if not all, her life.”

“I wish she had not been scared to talk to me and I had found out sooner,” the mother wrote. “My heart breaks how she struggled with this for a long time” before speaking up.  

Calling the crimes “unspeakable” and “disgusting,” Bateman accepted the plea agreement and imposed the recommended sentence.

“Even though you hope she recovers, she’ll never forget it,” Bateman told Dutkiewicz-Hughes. “You’re going to go off to jail and she’s going to have to live with the scars that you have left her.”

The case was investigated by the Lower Southampton Township Police Department and the Warwick Township Police Department.

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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