Sentenced: 10-20 years
MT man admits sex crimes against preteens BY BRETT HAMBRIGHT, Staff Writer
In hindsight, David Lowery would have been wise to take prosecutors' first plea offer.
Instead, the Manheim Township man balked at a five-to-10-year prison term offered last year in exchange for guilty pleas to sex crimes against two local preteens.
So Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Franz revoked the offer, expecting to go to trial next week.
Turns out, Lowery, 32, wanted to plead guilty after all.
On Thursday, he admitted to the offenses in exchange for a 10-to-20-year prison term, ordered immediately by Lancaster County Judge Dennis Reinaker.
Lowery pleaded to nine charges, including rape of a child, during a two-year period of sex crimes against a boy and a girl.
At Thursday's hearing, Lowery's attorney said his client didn't agree with all the allegations, but wanted the plea deal instead of a trial. At trial, he would have faced potential prison penalties that could have spanned his life.
Franz said she initially offered five-to-10 years because the victims weren't comfortable testifying about the abuse, which happened between 2009 and 2011.
When those terms didn't work out, she upped the offer -- and Lowery took it.
According to police, Lowery raped the girl, beginning when she was 4, and performed sex acts on the boy, starting when he was 7. Lowery also forced the children to perform acts on each other.
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