A Bensalem man was handed the maximum sentence on Monday for corrupting two minors.
Michael Walusimbi, 23, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, admitting to sexually molesting two teenage girls while working as a youth group leader at a Middletown Church.
Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Raymond F. McHugh accepted the plea agreement and imposed a concurrent five years of probation and ordered Walusimbi to not work with minors. Walusimbi will serve one day less than one year to one day less than two years in the Bucks County Correctional Facility.
The victims were 13 and 15 years old at the time, and according to police, said Walusimbi touched them inappropriately on multiple occasions throughout 2016 inside the Oxford Valley Chapel at 198 Bristol Oxford Valley Road. The 13-year-old told police in September 2016 that Walusimbi held her arms behind her back, bent her face-first over a table, pulled down her pants and rubbed his erect penis against her buttocks.
The 15 year old told a similar story in October, but was able to kick her leg back and break free from Walusimbi.
The younger victim sent a written statement to court saying the incident “really messed up my life. I got harassed and hurt because of what he did.” She went on to say that she is still in therapy and that “no other kid deserves to be so messed up and feel so much hate towards themselves because of one guy.”
The case was investigated by Middletown Township Police detectives and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Antonetta Stancu.