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Quakertown Man Gets 8.5 to 20 Years for Sexually Assaulting Girl, 13

March 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chelsey D. Jackman, 215.348.6016, cdjackman@buckscounty.org

Dean Winters
       Dean Winters

A Quakertown man who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old friend of his daughter was sentenced today to serve eight and one-half to 20 years in state prison.

Dean Winters, 56, had pleaded no contest on Dec. 12 to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child under 16, unlawful sexual contact with a minor, and aggravated indecent assault of a child under 16 – all first-degree felonies.

Winters was accused of assaulting the victim at his home during two sleepovers in July 2016. The girl told police that Winters inappropriately touched her, performed oral sex on her and compelled her to touch his penis, court documents said.

“The impact this has had upon the victim is immeasurable,” Bucks County Common Pleas Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. told Winters. “Instead of keeping her safe, you violated the trust that was put in you.”

The victim’s father told Bateman that since the attacks his daughter has suffered emotional trauma and has been bullied and taunted at school. She began cutting herself and has grown suicidal, he said.

The father and daughter had recently moved to Quakertown from another state to be closer to the girl’s mother. He told of being pleased that his daughter had made a new friend in Winters’ daughter.

Though protective by nature, the man said, he relented to his daughter’s request to stay overnight at her friend’s house after speaking extensively to Winters and believing him to be trustworthy.

“It wound up being nothing but a living hell,” the father testified. “I regret ever moving to Quakertown.”

Deputy District Attorney Chelsey D. Jackman argued that Winters had targeted the girl for abuse because he knew she was vulnerable and struggling for acceptance. She did not attend the sentencing.

“She’s embarrassed. She’s ashamed. She’s struggling…,” Jackman said. “She lost her childhood, she lost her innocence. She will struggle with this for the rest of her life.”

Winters expressed remorse for abusing the victim.

“I took a young girl who looked up to me as a friend…and let it go to another level,” he said, later adding: “I don’t want to cause her any more harm.”

Reciting a litany of lifelong medical woes that he said had resulted in 15 surgeries, Winters suggested that an addiction to pain-killing methadone had compromised his thinking. “My judgment was completely off,” he said.

Bateman, however, accused Winters of trying to manipulate the court, just as he had manipulated his victim. He noted, for example, that despite Winters’ claim of quitting drugs in prison, a pre-sentencing assessment found that he repeatedly had asked a friend to smuggle drugs into the prison for him.

The judge also noted that Winters “continued to victimize and pursue” the victim by sending her dozens of electronic messages after his assaults, some of them sexually explicit.

“He’s tried to manipulate even me today,” Bateman said.

In addition to the prison time, Bateman sentenced Winters to 10 years of consecutive probation. An assessment done for the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board found that Winters did not meet the criteria to be declared a sexually violent predator.

The case was investigated by Quakertown Police Detective Matthew Molchan.

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

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Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
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