2018-02-08 / Front Page

Local Man Sentenced In Child Rape Case


Atherton Atherton A Fulton County resident charged with repeatedly sexually abusing his two stepdaughters was sentenced Jan. 16 in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas by Judge Todd M. Sponseller.

Lacey Winchester Atherton, 41, Hustontown, was sentenced to a state correctional institution for a minimum of seven years and a maximum of 20 years for the rape of a child. He was also sentenced to serve an additional 2 to 20 years for deviate sexual intercourse with a child. That sentence is to be served at the expiration of the first sentence. Atherton could serve a total of 40 years in prison, with a minimum of nine years behind bars. He was also designated as a Tier III offender.

According to court documents, the victims’ mother contacted McConnellsburg state police June 18, 2017, and told them she had learned her husband, Atherton, had been sexually assaulting her two daughters for several years. Court documents further stated she told police that Atherton began actively abusing the two girls in 2010, and that the abuse had taken place at different locations where the family had lived, two in Mercersburg and two in Fulton County, including their present Hustontown residence.

Atherton was arrested August 8, 2017, and confined to Bedford County Jail on $250,000 cash bail. He was represented by public defender Philip Harper.

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