Kemp found guilty

MIFFLINTOWN — Bradley Eugene Kemp, a 47-year-old man from McAlisterville, was sentenced Tuesday to a total of 50 to 100 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a minor victim several times over a period of three years.

Kemp was convicted of four criminal counts, including indecent sexual assault of a child and corruption of minors, this past August by a jury that needed only seven minutes to reach its verdict.

Kemp’s attorney filed a motion in September to either vacate Kemp’s guilty verdict on the basis of insufficient evidence to convict or to grant Kemp a new trial. The motion was denied. Kemp’s attorney had also unsuccessfully sought to modify Kemp’s bail.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the victim was 12 years old at the time of the first assault. The victim testified at Kemp’s trial that Kemp would touch the victim’s genitals and his own simultaneously while the victim was staying as an overnight guest at Kemp’s residence.

Additionally, police testified that Kemp performed a sexual gesture in a trailer at a local speedway and told the victim that telling anyone about this or prior incidents would cause Kemp to commit suicide, which would prevent the victim from racing go-carts.

The victim testified it was after the incident in the trailer when the victim first reported the matter to police.