Allegheny Township man to serve at least 24 years for molesting 3 children
An Allegheny Township man will serve at least the next 24 years in prison for molesting three children.
A Westmoreland County jury in August convicted James Householder, 45, of 33 counts related to sexual contact with the young children over a period of years.
“You not only did this, you stole their innocence, their childhood. I can’t imagine the horror they endured,” said Westmoreland County Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio as she imposed a sentence of 24 to 48 years.
The judge ruled that Householder is a sexually violent predator and will be required to register his whereabouts with police for the rest of his life once he is released from prison.
The prosecution said Householder inappropriately grabbed and touched three girls and exposed himself, often while in a home where they had sleepovers.
During the trial, one of the victims, now 19, testified Householder touched her inappropriately as he cared for her and her sister while their mother worked. The assaults started when she was just 5 years old, she told jurors.
Another girl said Householder touched her during “horseplay,” and a third victim testified he exposed himself to her, and she saw him inappropriately touching another girl who was asleep.
“I’ve lost just about 12 years from my life because of this. I’ve been stuck in a vortex of depression, but today, I feel like I am going to get closure,” one of Householder’s victims said during the sentencing hearing on Monday.
Assistant District Attorney Judy Petrush asked that Householder receive consecutive sentences for each of his victims as well as for every documented case of abuse against them.
“This defendant has proven he won’t change, and to ensure the safety of the community, fashion a sentence so he will never see the light of day,” Petrush told the judge.
Householder, who did not testify at his trial, claimed Monday that he did not receive a fair trial.
He said he planned to appeal his conviction.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or [email protected].