East Cameron Twp. man accused of rape pleads guilty, could serve six years
SUNBURY - An East Cameron Township man accused of raping a 29-year-old woman with a learning disability faces 3 to 6 years in state prison after pleading guilty Monday afternoon to a felony of aggravated indecent assault and misdemeanor of simple assault.
Kenneth Eugene Wertz, 48, of 4178 Upper Road, entered the plea before Northumberland County Judge William H. Wiest and will be sentenced within 90 days after undergoing a sexual offender's assessment.
Northumberland County Public Defender Paige Rosini, who is representing Wertz, said the plea agreement calls for her client to receive a state prison sentence of 3 to 6 years. Two counts each of rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and an additional count of aggravated indecent assault, which are all felonies, will not be prosecuted at sentencing.
Northumberland County First Assistant District Attorney Ann Targonski represented the commonwealth.
Wertz was recommitted to the county jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.
He is charged by Trooper David Townsend of state police at Stonington with raping the woman at his home. In addition to allegedly raping the victim, Wertz is accused of throwing a telephone that struck the victim in the left eye, causing injury.
According to a criminal complaint, the victim, who reportedly was raped on a couch in the living room, did not want to have sex with Wertz, who allegedly forced himself on the victim and took her cell phone when she attempted to grab it. Police said the victim attempted to use a house telephone, which Wertz took and used to hit her in the eye.
During an interview with police, Wertz admitted to raping the victim, and hitting her in the eye with a phone, but claimed it was an accident.