City man sentenced for assault

Crowley pleaded guilty to charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 27-year-old Altoona man will be on probation for more than eight years after entering guilty pleas to charges of simple assault, corruption of minors, terroristic threats and endangering the welfare of a child.

Vincent C. Crowley, who spent 13 months in Blair County Prison, rendered the pleas in January in Blair County Court in exchange for a recommended jail sentence of time served to 23.5 months, followed by eight years’ probation.

Judge Elizabeth Doyle imposed the sentence Friday after reading a letter presented by the mother of a child who accused Crowley of sexually assaulting the girl in 2013 when she was 11 years old and lived in the same building as Crowley.

In response to the letter, Doyle advised the mother that she would want the victim to know that she “didn’t do anything” to bring about what happened to her.

Altoona police initially charged Crowley in December 2016 with aggravated indecent assault and unlawful contact with a child after an investigation into the child’s allegations surfaced in August 2014, shortly after Crowley moved to Alabama. Those charges were dropped as part of the plea. The terroristic threat charge was based on the child’s accusation that Crowley, after the assault, threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

Assistant District Attorney Amanda Jacobson advised Doyle that the plea agreement forbids Crowley from having contact with the victim and her family.

Crowley understands that and has no reason for contact, Assistant Public Defender John Siford told the judge.

The plea agreement also requires Crowley to be evaluated by the Project Point of Life program and follow through with any recommended treatment. The program specializes in assessment and treatment of sexual offenders.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.