MERCER – Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Ronald D. Amrhein sentenced a Delaware Township man on Thursday to a lengthy prison sentence after he was found guilty by a jury of rape and related offenses.

Patrick Timothy Kearney, 32, of 259 Line Road, was sentenced to 15½ to 33 years in state prison followed by 9 years probation for state police charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, strangulation, aggravated indecent assault without consent, aggravated indecent assault by forcible compulsion, indecent assault without consent and indecent assault by forcible compulsion.

Kearney was convicted after he was accused in the sexual assault of a woman in his home after a date.

The victim spoke at the sentencing hearing.

“My world has been completely rocked,” she told the judge. “I no longer feel safe in my own skin.”

The victim went on to say that she was grateful that Kearney is being held accountable for his actions.

Kearney also spoke to the judge before sentencing.

“The trooper has a personal vendetta against me,” Kearney said. “I’d never try to hurt anyone. I was sworn to protect the people of the United States.”

Kearney served in the Army and spent eight years in Afghanistan. More than 26 letters from Army friends and pastors were submitted to the judge praising his character.

“The main thread in the letters was about your integrity, leadership and that you would do anything for your family,” Amrhein told Kearney.

Amrhein said he considered everything before handing down the sentence, including the victim’s statement, Kearney’s military service, the letters and the jury verdict. He said he spent several hours preparing for the sentence.

Kearney was found not to be a sexually violent predator but he is a Tier 3 Megan’s Law offender who will be required to register for life.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, Kearney and the victim met, exchanged contact information and had a brief period of communication before agreeing to meet in late March 2018 when the woman said he assaulted her.

Police said Kearney and the woman visited several locations before winding up back at his home. The woman said Kearney choked her until she was unable to breathe, hear or see, and told police she was afraid she was going to die.

After his arrest in this case, Kearney was arrested in Butler County, accused of similar crimes.

He was charged with rape, sexual assault and aggravated assault in that case, which is pending in Butler County.

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