A man living in Lower Southampton was sentenced Thursday to 12 to 40 years in state prison after reaching a plea deal for heinous acts he committed on a minor.
Jason Dutkiewicz-Hughes, 32, fully confessed to sexually assaulting a girl who was 5 or 6 years old at the time of the incidents.
Though the crimes took place on multiple occasions in the perpetrator’s apartment between February 2012 and February 2013, the victim did not come forward to her mother until 2017, when she was 11 years old.
When confronted with the allegations, Dutkiewicz-Hughes immediately cooperated with police and admitted to his actions. In court, he told Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. his motive for coming clean was to not cause further harm or grief to the victim.
“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 girl’s mother submitted a statement for Thursday’s hearing, telling the court the incident severely impacted her daughter’s mental state, who now faces depression and an aversion to facing her trauma.
“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.”
Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler and Assistant Public Defender Brian M. Schuster negotiated a plea deal, which Judge Bateman accepted.
“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 victim’s mother stated the girl has undergone counseling to learn coping skills, but will likely never fully recover from the crimes.
The list of charges includes 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.