Men Receive Jail Time for Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled Man

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TOWANDA–

Two men today received six to 23 months in county jail for sexually assaulting a person with mental disabilities in Bradford County.

Randy Foust, 51, and Jared Strunk, 41, were taken to jail following their sentencing in Towanda.

Canton police originally investigated the allegations and then the case was handed over to state police.

Investigators say the victim lived at Cedar Ridge Apartments in Canton. That’s where the victim met Foust and Strunk.

A third man, Ronald Middaugh was also charged in this case.

He died a few months ago.

Prosecutors believe all three men took advantage of the young man with disabilities.

“You certainly couldn’t deny that the victim in this case was a very limited person. This is not, by any means a consensual situation between adults,” Bradford County District Attorney Dan Barrett said.

Both men took deals instead of facing felony charges. Foust pleaded guilty to indecent assault. Strunk pleaded no contest to indecent assault, a misdemeanor.

The victim testified in court saying he wanted both men put away forever.

His mother says she would have liked to see a longer sentence.

We’re not showing her face so we don’t identify the victim.
“As a mother, it’s never going to be enough. But I was glad to see the handcuffs put on them,” she said.

Family and friends of the victim say its been a long time to get their day in court.

They’re hoping the sentence of the two men today will help provide closure to the young man who they say was taken advantage of.

Both Foust and Strunk are eligible for parole after serving six months. Once they’re released they must register as Megan’s Law offenders.

Foust must register for 25 years. Strunk must register as an offender for 15 years.

 

 

13 comments

  • mdog

    I Cared for disabled mentally handicapped children
    for a period of my life. Its heartbreaking and horrible to think
    this even happened, BY 3 MEN?
    Are you freakin kidding me.?

      • Jen

        What is with these men?! Disgusting! And why is the sentence so light?

        “Both Foust and Strunk are eligible for parole after serving six months.”

        Much prayer for the young victim who was assaulted and his family.

  • local_gal

    Our justice system doesn’t seem very fair does it? Essentially, a child was raped. Pleading out saved us alot of money..but, should they receive a lighter sentence…NO.

  • DE

    You two fat ugly old stupid deviant pig uber loser disgusting wastes! You better come up with a couple of good disguises when you get out! What the hay is wrong with people like this? How do they sleep at night? How can they stand to look at themselves in the mirror?

  • JP

    Seriuosly!!! The judge should be held liable for allowing these two nut jobs to even enter a plea agreement! Really 6 to 23 months, they’ll be out in time to collect retirement and enjoy molesting other kids or other disabled people. If a 18 yr old and a 17 yr old, hooked up the 18 yr old would be in more trouble; something wrong with that! These two guys should be taken out behind the barn and …..

  • Sara

    I agree they should go away FOREVER! No tolerance for this and hopefully the other inmates will serve justice. Whatever happen to that saying eye for an eye…oh wait we are civilized now…ya right!

  • RAY6770

    Melissa, YOUR A SICK F….. , WHEN YOU CANT EVEN HAVE A CIVILIZED CONVERSATION WITHOUT THIS KIND OF TRASH, YOU MUST BE JUST AS BAD AS THESE CRIMINALS YOUR CHOICE OF WORDS SEEM TO FIT YOU IN WITH THIS TYPE OF PEOPLE.

  • burtfan

    I just don’t understand sentencing guidelines. These two scumbags get 23 month sentences and in another story today a woman got 24 months for embezzeling some money. It’s just insane!

    • sporto22

      yes,our court system needs to be revamped,more jail time for sex offenders,violent crimes,etc… and more parole,community service,
      etc… for white collar,1st drug offenders,and the like.

  • Steve

    Only six months for sexual assault on a mentally disabled person? You get years for talking to an underage “normal” person. It just seems they should be gone for decades.

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