BEDFORD - Receiving what could be one of the longest non-homicide sentencings in Bedford County history, Greg Allen Gibbs Sr., 32, was sentenced Monday to 120 to 240 years in prison for committing sexual offenses against children.
Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins said he was "very happy" with Monday's sentencing.
"This is a chance where the judge took advantage of an opportunity to take a child sex offender off the streets," Higgins said.
Gibbs, formerly of Mercer, was found guilty of 29 charges in December after a two-day trial and two hours of deliberation. According to testimony from Gibbs' wife, Tammy, she and her husband demonstrated sexual acts to three children, all younger than 10, and instructed the minors in how to perform explicit sexual acts with each other.
Bedford County President Judge Daniel Howsare also found Gibbs to be a sexually violent predator under Pennsylvania's Megan's Law. Howsare made the ruling upon the recommendation of Herbert Hays, a member of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.
The crimes took place between August 2004 and March 2005 in the Gibbs' Monroe Township home south of Everett. Gibbs was charged with offenses that included rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
Tammy Gibbs pled guilty in 2008 to three counts of endangering the welfare of children and served time in the Bedford County Prison from August 2007, when the pair was arrested, to February 2009. She aided in her husband's prosecution.
Higgins argued against concurrent sentences, saying Gibbs should be punished for each of the 29 separate and distinct criminal offenses.
"The defendant should not be afforded a bulk discount for the multitude of depraved acts," Higgins said.
The maximum sentence recommended by the prosecution was 482 years. Higgins was pleased nonetheless.
"The bottom line is that this sexually violent predator, Greg Gibbs, will never have access to children again, and absent a medical miracle, he will die behind bars," he said.
Gibbs' defense attorney, Dwight Diehl, was not available for comment Monday.