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Man Gets 5 to 10 Years for Sexual Assault on Sleeping Woman

August 23, 2018

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

Dylan Rodd
      Dylan R. Rodd

A Kintnersville man was sentenced Wednesday to serve five to 10 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a woman who was sleeping in his home.

Dylan R. Rodd, 22, was sentenced in accordance with the terms of a negotiated guilty plea he entered on May 9 in Bucks County Common Pleas Court.

He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. Rodd agreed to a maximum sentence on one of the counts in return for authorities not pursuing penalties for other crimes.  

He admitted digitally penetrating a 28-year-old Philadelphia woman last October as she slept in a friend’s room at Rodd’s home on Beverly Drive in Nockamixon Township. Both the victim and her friend awakened during the 4 a.m. assault, at which time the victim scratched Rodd’s face and shoulder as he tried to crawl out of the dark room.

The friend found Rodd’s cell phone dropped at the foot of the victim’s bed and sought him out, finding him in another room with his face bleeding. Rodd later fled from the house and hid in a neighboring shed, court records say, where he was found crying and saying, “I’m sorry … there is something wrong with me.”

DNA found under the victim’s fingernails matched Rodd’s DNA.

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

In a written statement submitted to Bucks County President Judge Jeffrey L. Finley at the sentencing, the victim said she has had trouble sleeping since the assault, and has found it difficult to focus on the final year of her graduate school work.

“I will never have an opportunity to make up for what I was unable to do in that time,” she wrote. “You only have one last year of school. Mine, and all of my memories of it, will always be tainted by what Dylan Rodd did that night.”

Rodd apologized the victim, saying, “Words can’t describe how you must feel, and I’m truly sorry.”

Finley told Rodd that the impact on the victim “is substantial, significant …”

“Life-changing,” Rodd interjected.

“That life-changing impact,” the judge said, “is the result of your actions, and your actions alone.”

The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler.

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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