Steele Helton, Columbia man sentenced to 20-50 years in prison after rape conviction
Steele Helton Arrested – On Friday, the Lancaster County Court handed down a sentence to a man from Columbia who was found guilty of rape and two other crimes relating to the crime. Steele Helton, who is 52 years old, was given a prison sentence ranging from 25 to 50 years by the judge in Lancaster County, Thomas Sponaugle. On October 19, 2018, following a trial that lasted for two days, Helton was found guilty of three felony counts. These charges included rape, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, and sexual assault.
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Due to the fact that Helton was a repeat offender of sexual assault, he was looking at a mandatory sentence of anywhere between 25 and 50 years in prison. Fritz Haverstick, an assistant district attorney, was in charge of the prosecution of the case and commended the fortitude of the victim during the trial. “This sentence is reserved for the worst of the worst,” Haverstick said during the sentencing hearing. Under Megan’s Law, Helton must, and will be obliged to do so for the rest of his life, register as a sexual offender.
A sexual assault that took place at a residence on Water Street in Columbia between 9:30 p.m. on January 16 and 8:00 a.m. on January 17, 2021, was reported by the victim to the Manor Township Police Department on January 27, 2021. The victim stated that the incident occurred between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on both days. The victim was able to identify Helton and stated that the two of them had been residing on the same property.
The victim reported that on the night of the event, they had been socializing with a group of individuals, and Helton sported a “weird look” on his face the entire time they were together. After falling asleep, the victim awoke to find that Helton had removed the victim’s pants while the victim was sleeping. Following the victim’s confrontation with the defendant over the phone, Helton issued an apology. In addition, Helton verified to the police that he was present on the evening of the incident. Officer Colleen Tatara of the Manor Township Police Department brought charges and testified in the subsequent trial.
PC: Pennsylvania Daily Voice
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