Man sentenced to prison for raping disabled woman

Feb. 5—A Meadville man was recently sentenced in Crawford County Common Pleas Court to state prison for raping a disabled woman in Bloomfield Township nearly three years ago.

Shawn A. Alexander was sentenced by Crawford County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Stevens to serve a total of four years, eight months to 15 years in state prison, followed by one year of probation.

In August 2023, Alexander, 45, pleaded guilty to one first-degree felony count of rape of a mentally disabled person and one second-degree felony count of aggravated indecent assault of a mentally disabled person dropped off by Pennsylvania State Police in Corry.

In February 2023, police charged Alexander with raping a woman at a home in Bloomfield Township on April 21, 2021.

Police were alerted in October 2022 after the victim, a 20-year-old woman, told two acquaintances about the incident, according to the arrest affidavit filed in the case. The women contacted police who then questioned the victim, the affidavit states.

Alexander was later interviewed by police and admitted to having sex with the victim, the affidavit states.

First-degree rape of a mentally disabled person carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Second-degree aggravated indecent assault of a mentally disabled person carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Stevens sentenced Alexander to four years, eight months to 15 years for rape, followed by one year of probation; and three to ten years for aggravated indecent assault count with the sentences to be run at the same time. Alexander received credit for two days of pre-sentence jail time.

Stevens also ordered Alexander to pay a total of $200 in fines plus $734 in court costs.

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