Convicted child rapist enters plea

HOLLIDAYSBURG – An Altoona man who was sentenced this year to a minimum of 25 years in prison for the sexual abuse of a 7-year-old girl entered no contest pleas to two other abuse-related offenses Monday and was placed on probation.

Philip Reid McCready, 36, who recently was sentenced by Blair County Judge Elizabeth Doyle to 25-50 years for the rape of a child and related offenses, was in the Blair County Court on Monday for a review of two additional cases.

One involved the sexual assault of a 3-year-old and the second endangering the welfare of a child.

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Zimmerman said McCready entered the no-contest pleas to assault of a child under 10 years of age and endangering the welfare of a child.

Doyle, who was presiding over the trial list review of more than 400 cases, accepted a plea agreement under which McCready will serve 10 years’ probation for the sexual offenses against the 3-year-old.

The probation will be served at the same time as his 25-year sentence, according to Zimmerman.

The victim’s mother spoke briefly during McCready’s sentencing, stating the youngster still manifests symptoms of sexual abuse even though the events occurred seven years ago.

McCready went to trial in January on charges that he sexually abused a girl between the ages of 5 and 8, who lived in a neighborhood he used to visit.

That victim in early May gave a statement to Doyle asking that McCready be given a long prison sentence for what he did to her.

She told the judge she needed to know that she was safe from harm.

The youngster said when McCready visited her neighborhood years ago, she was afraid to leave her home.

Doyle classified McCready as a sexually violent predator.

His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Ed Ferguson, already has asked that McCready be granted a new trial in the January case, which the judge denied.

Ferguson has also asked that Doyle reconsider McCready’s sentence because, he said, it is likely he will remain incarcerated for the entire 50 years as opposed to being released on parole at the expiration of his minimum sentence.

The defense attorney called McCready’s 25-50 year sentence “a manifest injustice since the probability is that this will be a life sentence of incarceration.”

Doyle has scheduled a July 31 hearing to hear Ferguson’ arguments for a reduction of McCready’s sentence.

The abuse to the youngster involved in the trial earlier this year came to light during an interview she underwent at a child advocate center in Harrisburg – the Children’s Resource Center.

Zimmerman said the abuse to the victim Monday came out as the child was undergoing counseling.