NORRISTOWN — A Plymouth man has been sent to state prison on charges he sexually assaulted a girl when she was in his company multiple times and when she was between 5 and 10 years old.
Daniel Barnett, 39, of the 3100 block of Plymouth Rock Road, was sentenced by a Montgomery County judge to 5 to 10 years in the state penitentiary after pleading guilty to multiple counts of child molestation in connection with incidents that took place between 1997 and 2003 in the towns of Plymouth and Whitemarsh.
Judge Thomas P. Rogers, who accepted the plea agreement in the matter, also ordered Barnett to serve three years of post-parole probation, meaning Barnett will be under court supervision for 13 years. The judge also ordered Barnett to undergo a psychosexual evaluation and follow all treatment recommendations.
Barnett is prohibited from having contact with the victim.
Barnett also faces a lifetime requirement to report his address to state police under Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Assistant District Attorney Karla Pisarczyk, a member of the district attorney’s family defense unit, read a victim impact statement during Barnett’s sentencing hearing. Now the victim is 29 years old.
“It was a late thing and I’m very proud of her for coming forward all these years later. He was brought to justice. He should have confessed to all the facts of what he did, and this is an opportunity to close this chapter in the victim’s life so that she can move on while he is held accountable,” Pisarczyk said.
The investigation began on March 24, 2022, when the victim, now 29, came to the Plymouth Police Department and reported that Barnett had raped her more than 100 times over a 6-year period when she was a child, according to a criminal complaint. filed by Plymouth City Detective Eric Ponzek.
The victim alleged the sexual assault began when she was 5 years old and continued until she was 9 or 10, and when Barnett was 10 years older than the victim, according to court documents. Barnett, who was a friend of the victim’s brother, was 14 when the alleged abuse began and about 20 when it ended, court documents show.
Detectives say the attacks escalated from inappropriately touching the girl’s private parts over her clothes to rape and other sexual acts.
“The sexual assault continued until she was in the middle of fifth grade,” Ponzek alleged in court documents. “The victim said that the sexual assault happened hundreds of times.”
Other charges of involuntary sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault on a child, indecent assault on a child and lewdness of a minor were dropped from Barnett as part of a plea deal.
Barnett was represented by attorney Brendan Michael Campbell.