Man Sentenced To 25-50 Years In Three Rapes

Posted: February 10, 1988

A Wallace Township man was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in Chester County Court yesterday to raping three women and trying to rape a fourth over the last two years.

David J. Silcox, 22, of Glenmoore, faced a maximum 150 years' imprisonment on charges of rape, kidnapping and firearms violations involving victims ranging in age from 14 to 37, according to Chester County President Judge Leonard Sugerman.

During a 90-minute hearing yesterday, Silcox, a Chester County Hospital aide at the time of his arrest, acknowledged that he committed the sexual assaults and apologized for his actions.

He entered the plea as part of four plea-bargain agreements, one for each case.

Sugerman also sentenced Silcox to 10 years' probation after his prison term ends. District Attorney James P. MacElree 2d said the victims, who sat together in silence through the hearing, concurred with the plea bargains.

Silcox was arrested Aug. 3 after he kidnapped and raped the 14-year-old daughter of a Downingtown police officer in Marsh Creek State Park, Upper Uwchlan Township, on July 31, according to court records.

Police noted the similarities of the attack to three unsolved cases in West Goshen Township - two rapes and an attempted rape - dating back to 1985, and the victims in those cases identified Silcox as their assailant during a lineup in August. According to court records, Silcox kidnapped and raped a 22-year-old woman at gunpoint at North Hills Lake on Aug. 16, 1985.

About 4 1/2 months later, on Dec. 30, 1985, Silcox abducted a 15-year-old girl at gunpoint, blindfolded her, drove her to a house in West Chester and raped her twice.

On July 20, 1987, he tried to force a 37-year-old woman into his car at gunpoint. The woman, who was jogging, fled to a nearby house and called police.

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