Morris Beverly, 55, of Bushkill was sentenced to state prison for 28 years for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old, Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin announced on Feb. 7.
In 2016, the girl confided in a trusted relative that Beverly was molesting her. The girl later told a forensics interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania the details of the sexual abuse.
An investigation was initiated by the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pike County District Attorney’s Office approved the charges against Beverly days later. Law enforcement executed a search warrant in August 2016 at Beverly’s residence. He was apprehended at that time.
In November 2019, the case against Beverly proceeded to trial. Senior Deputy District Attorney Sarah Wilson presented the case on behalf of the commonwealth.
During the two-day trial, the jury heard from the victim and an expert child abuse pediatrician Dr. Michael Rogan. The Pennsylvania State Police testified about items found in Beverly’s home that confirmed the victim’s description of the abuse and showed the jury incriminating text messages Beverly sent to the child.
The jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning with a verdict. The jury found Beverly guilty of all nine felony charges against him: the first-degree felonies of Statutory Sexual Assault (four offenses) and Solicitation to Commit Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (one offense); and the third-degree felony of Corruption of Minors (four offenses).
President Judge Gregory Chelak sentenced Beverly on Feb. 6 to a State Correctional Facility for 14 years to 28 years plus an additional three years probation supervision. Beverly will be required to submit a DNA sample prior to his release and register under the Adam Walsh Act, commonly referred to as Megan’s Law, for the remainder of his life.