Former Public Defender Sentenced

By Eric Deabill |

Published 02/26 2014 06:21PM

Updated 07/02 2014 11:39PM

The sentencing:

A Former Public Defender in Lackawanna County will spend the next several decades behind bars.

Mariclare Hayes, Assistant District Attorney said,"Today we are extremely pleased the judge has sentence he has taken into consideration our argument regarding the mandatory minimum and consecutive sentence. At the end of the day when defendant committed these crimes he told the victim he knew every police officer and every D.A. In town and no one was going to believe her."

Ken Kovaleski was sentenced today to 21 to 42 years behind bars on rape charges.

He was found guilty in February of assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Kovaleski didn't testity during his trial, but he did deny any wrongdoing.

Scranton, Lackawawnna County-
A former public defender in Lackawanna County was found guilty of rape, statutory sexual assault and several other charges Wednesday evening.

Ken Kovaleski now faces a maximum 106 years in prison when he is sentenced.

Kovaleski has been on trial since Monday.

He was arrested in July 2012 and was accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.

Kovaleski is a former public defender and according to court papers told the girl to be quiet and not tell anyone, saying he knew every single DA in town.

The jury took a little more than three hours before reaching its verdict.

Kovaleski showed no emotion as the verdict was handed down.

"We're incredibly pleased with the verdict," Assistant District Attorney Mariclare Hayes said. "The best part is that the victim, after coming forward and after testifying is going to sleep better tonight knowing that this is never going to happen to anyone else."

"He maintains his innocence. Some of the things that came in (to trial), we believe should never have come in," defense attorney Todd Henry said.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Defense attorneys have not decided if they will appeal the verdict.

Kovaleski was immediately taken into custody and sent to prison.

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