A Bristol Township man will serve 7 to 20 years in state prison for raping an adolescent girl over a two-year period.
Darrius Prince, 35, of the first block of Wildflower Road, was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to rape of a child and other sexual crimes in Bucks County Common Pleas Court.
Prince told investigators the assaults began when the victim was only 11. According to police, Prince would have sex with the victim in his home or his car on a monthly basis for two years.
The crimes only came to light after Prince went to the Lower Bucks Hospital emergency room saying he wanted to kill himself over what he had done to the girl.
“I’m very sorry for what I did,” Prince told Judge Raymond F. McHugh. “I’m not going to ever let it happen again.”
Prince’s sentencing is part of a plea arrangement negotiated between Deputy District Attorney Kristin M. McElroy and Administrative Deputy Public Defender Ann P. Russavage-Faust. Prince’s prison sentence will be followed by 20 years of probation. He will also be required to register with state police as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Judge McHugh called Prince’s crimes “offensive” and “heinous”, and said he was only accepting the plea as a means of sparing the victim from further trauma from testifying at a trial. “The trauma and damage to her would have been worse than it is now.”
Had Prince been convicted at a trial instead of pleading guilty he likely would have received a much longer sentence, according to the judge.