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Marlborough Man Convicted of Rape
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            A Marlborough man has been found guilty of rape. A jury in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court convicted Daniel Joseph Hess Jr., 52 of Upper Ridge Road, of nine felonies and five misdemeanors during a May 9 trial, according to information posted on a state judicial website.

            Hess was found guilty of three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of children along with one count each of felony rape, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault without permission and unlawful contact with a minor.

            In the trial before Judge Risa Vetri Ferman, he was also convicted on three misdemeanor charges of indecent assault and one count of simple assault and corruption of a minor on incidents that occurred in 2017.

            The defendant, represented by Pennsburg attorney David Knight, was acquitted on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault, two counts sexual assault and one count each of rape and unlawful contact with a minor. The jury also found him not guilty on three misdemeanors counts of indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors, according to the legal website.

            Prosecutors withdrew four felony counts, including two for rape and two for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Ferman deferred sentencing in the case. She ordered Hess to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation.

            Marlborough police arrested Hess on May 24, 2018 following an investigation, with the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, regarding a sexual assault in the municipality the year before. They filed charges in the Red Hill court of District Judge Maureen Coggins on Aug 16.

            An initial Child Line report passed to the department triggered the examination, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

            The case involved two children under the age of 16.

            One of the victims told law enforcement officials that Hess told her, three days after one of the incidents, not to tell anyone what had happened, according to court records.





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