Florida man sentenced
Walter Hodges II came to Pennsylvania a year ago from Florida to meet and stay with a Penn Borough woman he first came into contact with over the Internet.
Now Hodges, 22, will call a state prison home for at least the next seven years after being sentenced Tuesday for having sexual relations with two young friends of his computer pen pal.
Westmoreland County Judge Debra Pezze sentenced Hodges yesterday to serve seven to 14 years in prison and six years on probation. Hodges pleaded guilty in February to most of the charges against him.
Pezze yesterday dismissed nine counts of rape filed against Hodges. The judge also ruled that Hodges was a sex offender under the state's Megan's Law, requiring that he register his address with state police once he is freed from prison.
Penn Township police accused Hodges of having sex at least three times last June with a 15-year-old and 12-year-old girl.
He met the girls through the unidentified woman's daughter. Hodges and the woman chatted over the Internet for about three months before Hodges came from Florida to stay with her, police said.
Authorities said Hodges had been in Pennsylvania for more than a month before starting sexual relationships with the young girls. Police claimed Hodges took the girls to a wooded section of the township where he forced them to have sex with him.
Hodges is not related to the victims or the woman, police said.