Salem Township man pleads guilty to indecent assault
A Salem Township man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he had improper sexual contact with a girl.
Police said between June 2008 and last March, John Hilty, 52, repeatedly touched and engaged in sexual activity with his accuser, who was just 8 years old when the assaults started. She is now 12 years old.
When asked by Westmoreland County Judge Blahovec why he pleaded guilty, Hilty said, “Because I did it.”
Hilty pleaded guilty to one felony charge of aggravated indecent assault. Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Calisti said more serious rape and assault charges will be dismissed in an effort to spare the victim from having to testify at a trial.
The plea deal calls for Hilty to be sentenced to serve five to 10 years in prison. Blahovec will formally sentence Hilty in about three months after a sex offender evaluation is completed to determine if he is to be classified as a sexually violent predator.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Flight 93 memorial fire hints at struggle to safeguard historic artifacts
- The real Captain Phillips brings story of piracy to St. Vincent College
- Southwest Greensburg man died of injuries in accident in Bell
- DEP orders cleanup of former Jeannette Glass property to resume
- Route 217 bridge across Loyalhanna Creek reopens early
- Laurel Mountain State Park ski plans will go to Ligonier Township supervisors
- Former Ligonier Township supervisor accused of abusing position, viewing porn on the job
- Missing Southwest Greensburg man found dead at crash site in Bell
- Physicist found joy in family, friends, work, wine
- Greater Latrobe teachers, school board approve 5-year contract
- Attorney: Indiana County suspect not fit for trial in fatal Derry shooting