Man Who Groped Woman In Boscov’s Sentenced To Prison
SCRANTON — A 59-year-old man with a history of sexual assault who admitted to groping a woman while shopping in Boscov’s last year will spend at least a year in state prison and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, a judge ruled today.
John F. Deeley, 620 Breck St., Scranton, told Lackawanna County Judge Margaret Bisignani Moyle he accepts responsibility for his behavior but has finally found a treatment program that works for him. He apologized to the victim and said he has sympathy for all victims of sexual assault.
“I was that person at one time,” Deeley said. “I’m not that person now.”
Before she imposed a one- to two-year sentence, Moyle signed an order which declared Deeley a sexually violent predator. Moyle ordered that he register with the state police every three months under Megan’s Law for the rest of his life.
The designation came after a hearing today during which Paula Brust, a member of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, testified Deeley is a predator who “was lonely at the time.”
“The only reason for contact was sexual exploitation of the victim,” Brust testified.
Deeley’s attorney, Tom Jones, did not argue against Brust’s conclusion.
Deeley turned himself in last September on charges he groped a woman’s genitals over her clothing Aug. 25, 2017, after taking notice of her at Boscov’s. He pleaded guilty to indecent assault in May.
The Times-Tribune does not identify victims of sexual assault.
The victim spoke in court today and said Deeley’s actions have caused her to suffer from anxiety, especially in public places. She said that she still felt his fingers on her two hours after the incident.
As the victim spoke, Deeley’s wife, identified on their marriage license as Lucy Glenda Carrillo-Chulde, made a noise that sounded like laughter.
Moyle’s staff noticed and, when it came Carrillo-Chulde’s turn to speak, the judge sharply questioned her.
Carrillo-Chulde, with the help of her interpreter, Adela Artley, assured Moyle that she was crying.
She called her husband an “honest person” who is “respectful” and “not violent.”
“Everyone that knows him will speak in his favor,” she said.
Deeley, though, has a sordid history.
On Jan. 29, 1990, he snuck into the back of a woman’s SUV in a parking lot on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre. He waited for the owner to return, put a knife to her and repeatedly raped her. He pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of kidnapping and served 10 years in prison.
In 2002, he hid in a clothing rack at a Kmart in Moosic and reached up a woman’s dress. A jury convicted him of indecent assault in 2003 and Judge Trish Corbett sentenced him in 2004 to one to two years in prison.
Deeley said today he started forensic counseling right after police charged him last year. His wife helps him, he said. They were allowed to hug and kiss one more time in the courtroom.
Then, sheriff’s deputies put him in handcuffs and led him away.
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