Child Rapist Convicted On All Counts, Teamwork Credited With Bringing Defendant To Justice Promptly After Initial Outcry
Media, PA- Delco DA Jack Stollsteimer announced the conviction yesterday of Aaron Thomas for Rape of a Child and related charges after a jury trial before Common Pleas Judge John P. Capuzzi, Sr.
The case was tried by Assistant District Attorney Danielle S. Gallaher of the Special Victims Unit. DA Stollsteimer praised Gallaher and the others who helped conduct the investigation and support the victim. “From the moment the victim disclosed this shocking activity, up to and including the jury verdict, her family members and a team of hard-working professionals came together to bring this child rapist to justice. In addition to ADA Gallaher, I want to acknowledge Danetta Green of Women Against Rape, and Officers Jen Jones and Robert Graves of the Chester Police Department’s Juvenile Division, in particular.”
The abuse began when the victim was only nine years old, and continued for three years. She disclosed it for the first time in late 2018, when she was thirteen years old. The defendant was the boyfriend of the victim’s aunt, and the abuse occurred in the home of the victim’s grandmother. Thomas was convicted of:
18 Pa.C.S. Section 3121(c) Rape of a Child
18 Pa.C.S. Section 3123(b) Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse
18 Pa.C.S. Section 3124.1 Sexual Assault
18 Pa.C.S. Section 3126(a)(7) Indecent Assault of a Child Less than 13
18 Pa.C.S. Section 6301(a)(1)(i) Corruption of Minors
He was remanded following the verdict, and will be sentenced on April 27, 2020.
DA Stollsteimer continued, “This case reminds us that when the community rallies its resources justice is promptly achieved. I urge all victims of sexual violence to speak up and reach out. We are all here to help you.”
The District Attorney and the Criminal Investigations Division remind anyone in Delaware County who observes suspicious activity call to 911 immediately and provide the most specific and accurate details possible to assist law enforcement agencies investigating the call for service.
Contact: ADA Diane Edbril, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, 484-845-4723