Rape ‘nightmare’ ends with lengthy prison term

MICHAEL MEAD

BY STACI WILSON

A nightmare of abuse came to its end Thursday in Susquehanna County Court as a Bridgewater Twp. man who repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in 2009 was sentenced to serve at least 15 years in prison for his crimes.

It took a jury over seven hours in April find Michael Mead, 42, Bridgewater Twp., guilty of rape and other related sexual assault charges that stemmed from incidents that began in August 2009 and went on over the course of months.

District Attorney Jason Legg told the court that Mead had violated the victim in every conceivable way.

He said he recently spoke to the victim and she, reportedly, is experiencing nightmares caused by the abuse she sustained by Mead.

President Judge Kenneth Seamans said, “It was a two-three year nightmare; a nightmare that continues for her today.”

“This was a tragedy for this young girl,” the judge said.

The Susquehanna County Independent does not identify the victims of sexual assault.

At the Thursday morning hearing, Mead told the court he was “sorry for this whole thing.”

But added that he didn’t have a lot to say, because he was “trying not to say anything that would be detrimental to my appeal.”

Prior to issuing the sentence, the judge said “this was not just one act” and noted that Mead had faced 290 counts as he headed to trial earlier this year.

Those counts were consolidated into two separate courses of conduct; divided by the age of the victim at the time of the incidents.

Mead was sentenced by Judge Seamans to serve 10 to 20 years for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse – the mandatory minimum for the charge; and a concurrent 10-20 years for the rape – also the mandatory minimum.

A consecutive, five year sentence was handed down on the aggravated indecent assault count.

After an August hearing before the sexual predator assessment board, Mead was determined by the court to be a sexually violent predator.

He was ordered to enter into the sexual offender treatment program during his incarceration. Mead will be required to comply with Megan’s Law registration requirements when released from prison.

The jury found Mead not guilty of one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one count of aggravated indecent assault; charges lodged against him that pertained to incidents that allegedly occurred after the victim’s 16th birthday.