HONESDALE - A Honesdale man, Douglas S. Turner, age 48, was sentenced to 12-24 years in state prison, July 5, for child molestation.

Patrick L. Robinson, Wayne County District Attorney made the announcement.

Turner was sentenced by Senior Judge Raymond L. Hamill for two counts of Involuntary Sexual Deviate Intercourse (F1), one count of Statutory Sexual Assault (F1), one count of Aggravated Indecent Assault (F2), and one count of Indecent Exposure (M1).

First Assistant District Attorney, Deborah Rothenberg, stated, “I am pleased that Mr. Turner was designated to be a sexually violent predator because that is what he is. He took advantage of a mentally delayed minor female, who he was over 30 years older than, and he took advantage of her on multiple occasions.”

She added, “Senior Judge Raymond L. Hamilll, was spot on when he pointed out the disparity between the favorable letters written about Mr. Turner by his friends and family, referring to him as a hard working family man, and the charges of which he was convicted. As the Judge indicated, people who sexually offend against children are, in many instances, otherwise upstanding members of society and their friends and families would never know that they are molesting children. That is why child molestation is so terrifying. I am glad this child molester is off of our streets for over a decade and that when he does eventually get out of prison he will be required to register under Megan’s Law for the remainder of his lifetime.”

District Attorney Robinson stated, “The Pennsylvania State Police and Debbie Rothenberg did an outstanding job of investigating this case and preparing the case for a Jury Trial. Given their very hard work, this defendant had little choice but to enter a Guilty Plea.”