HONESDALE – A 30-year-old Honesdale man has been sentenced to 16 to 60 months in a State Correctional Institution after pleading guilty in Wayne County Court to one count of indecent assault against a seven-year-old child, according the District Attorney Patrick Robinson.
Following a hearing consisting of testimony from a member of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, Senior Judge Raymond Hamill determined Robert Shaffer to be a Sexually Violent Predator and as such he will be subject to Megan’s Law Registration Requirements for the remainder of his lifetime.
First Assistant District Attorney Deborah Rothenberg, who prosecuted the case, said, “This is not Mr. Shaffer’s first time violating young girls. Shaffer has been preying on underage girls for a long time and I am pleased that he will spend the rest of his life labeled as a Sexually Violent Predator because that is exactly what he is.
“I hope this designation will protect our children from him moving forward. This successful case is the result of a multi-disciplinary team approach that Wayne County takes in these types of cases, involving Wayne County Children and Youth, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the District Attorney’s Office, and it is proof that when the agencies work together we are more productive than working independently.”