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Sex offender admits raping 2 other children

| Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty to raping two other children in Fayette County, but his prison sentence won't be extended unless he violates the terms.

Duane Scott Nelson III, 21, of Ella Hollow Road, Forward Township, Allegheny County, was serving 5 to 20 years when he pleaded guilty last week to two counts each of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault.

The case involves two girls he was baby-sitting at a Washington Township mobile home between May and September 2003. At the time, the girls were 8 and 6 years old.

In the earlier case, Nelson was convicted at an October 2005 trial of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault.

Those charges, involving a 5-year-old girl, related to an incident at the same home on Fayette City Road during the same time frame.

During the trial before Judge Ralph Warman, prosecution witnesses said Nelson admitted to family members that he engaged in sex acts with the victim.

One of the victims in the second case testified during the trial Nelson took advantage of her sexually when she was looking for Barbie accessories to play a game with two cousins.

"He said if we told, he would do it to us again," said the girl, who is now 11. "And if we told our parents, they would make us go away, and they would never love us anymore."

After the trial, prosecutors reached a plea agreement with Nelson for the second case and recommended a prison sentence of 4 to 8 years, although that term would be served at the same time as the 5-to-20-year penalty.

In proposing the plea, prosecutors said the victims' families consented because they wanted to put the cases behind them.

Nelson was allowed to withdraw his plea in January 2006 when Judge Gerald Solomon called the arrangement "repulsive" and an "injustice to these children."

Warman agreed to accept the original plea agreement on Thursday and impose the recommended sentence.

State inmates typically serve 80 percent of their maximum prison terms, court officials say.

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