By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
49 year old Shannon “Shawn” Westmoreland — a former Bucks County (PA) youth coach — has been sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting minors. He was sentenced on Monday to 14 to 28 years in prison.
In addition, once his prison term is completed, he has to do 15 years of probation. He was arrested in June 2017 in Exton, Pennsylvania after three minors went to the authorities and alleged that Westmoreland sexually assaulted them over several years.
The allegations span from 1999 through 2015.
He allegedly sexually assaulted one victim when he was a coach for the Bensalem Rambler’s Athletic Association in 2005. This victim was 15 at the time, according to police.
A second victim was allegedly sexually assaulted over a several year span. The incidents began when she was four years old and went on through she reaching 10 years old.
“For many years, I have been haunted by what was done to me,” one victim said in a statement in the court room. “Although I’m still healing, this is one more step in the process.”
Police said that Westmoreland apologized to one victim over the phone. He allegedly said that he did not sexually assault her, but “it was their secret” as he did not tell anybody else, according to Deputy District Attorney.
He also reportedly thanked the victim for not going to the police at the time.
Westmoreland is expected to be in court in Oct. 22, 2018 for trail; however, he was a no show. He was later tracked down in Daytona Beach, Florida by the U.S. Marshals and Bucks County Detectives.