Monessen man gets jail term for sexual assault
A Monessen man was sentenced Monday to serve more than five years in prison for the sexual assault of a woman in her home last year.
Scott A. Drew, 39, in court yesterday denied he was guilty of the charges of which he was convicted in May.
Nevertheless, he was sentenced to serve five years and three months to 12 years behind bars.
Westmoreland County Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. said that Drew’s crimes warranted the sentence.
Following a two-day trial, Drew was convicted of the felony sexual assault charge along with counts of simple assault and harassment against the same 35-year-old women several days earlier.
The jury, though, acquitted Drew of the most serious charges against him, rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. He originally was charged with entering the woman’s home Dec. 18 and having sexual relations with her against her will.
Prior to the sentencing hearing yesterday, McCormick classified Drew as a sexually violent predator under the state’s Megan’s Law.
That classification means that once Drew leaves prison, he will have to register his whereabouts with police.
In addition, he will be required to declare to his community that he has been convicted as a sexual predator.
“There was unusual cruelty in the commission of this sexual assault,” McCormick said.
Defense attorney Tim Dawson argued that Megan’s Law should not apply to Drew because his victim was not a child. Dawson said the primary purpose of Megan’s Law is to protect young children.
But Assistant District Attorney Barbara Jollie said there is nothing in Megan’s Law that limits it to crimes against children.
“The statute does not just apply to children. It protects everyone in the community,” Jollie said.
Monday’s sentence apparently was not affected by last week’s ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that determined penalties associated with violating the terms of Megan’s Law are unconstitutional.
The state’s high court upheld the reporting requirements of Megan’s Law but said sentences of life in prison for violating those mandates are punitive.
Drew still faces rape charges in connection with an arrest in November, when he was charged with having sex in a New Stanton motel room with a 15-year-old runaway from Washington County.