Teen emotional during N. Belle Vernon man's sentencing for assaults
The physical abuse may be over, but the emotional trauma still gnaws at a 17-year-old girl who spoke Thursday during the sentencing hearing of her attacker.
“He has hurt me in countless ways, countless times,” the girl testified.
She and her older sister asked Judge Debra Pezze to consider that damage when sentencing Jason R. Davis, 38, of North Belle Vernon.
“Please think about the pain he put me through and what he deserves for that,” the 17-year-old asked.
Pezze followed a plea deal and sentenced Davis to serve five to 10 years in a state prison. Davis pleaded guilty in August to sexually assaulting a then-15-year-old girl for more than a year. Davis was charged in December 2011.
He would drive the girl to numerous locations and give her marijuana and alcohol and engage in sex acts with her, according to investigators. When she would refuse his advances, he would verbally abuse and threaten her and the lives of her loved ones.
The girl told police that the defendant would choke her and punch her in the face and on the back of the neck.
After the girl became pregnant in 2011, Davis forced her to have sex with a male schoolmate. According to investigators, she subsequently suffered a miscarriage.
Now 17, the victim spoke forcefully on the stand and asked the judge to consider what Davis might do to other girls. Davis had been free on bail prior to his sentencing.
The victim's older sister testified that her normally bubbly, “tiny little wisp of a sister” was acting differently during the assaults, but no one was sure why.
Members of Davis's family asked the judge for leniency. His mother, Vicki Davis, said Jason Davis was sleep-deprived during the assaults and was diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder.
Now, he cares for his mother and 10-year-old son, Vicki Davis testified.
“His incarceration will have a long-lasting impact on my grandson's future,” Vicki Davis told the judge. “He does not pose a threat to the public” and is not a sex offender.
During testimony from Jason Davis's sister, Pezze interrupted.
Davis apologized to the victim and her family and said he believed the interaction to be consensual.
“I take full and complete responsibility for what happened,” Davis told Pezze.
Pezze said prosecutors have shown Davis leniency by recommending a five- to 10-year sentence in exchange for his cooperation.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.