CLARION CO., Pennsylvania (EYT) – A man from Vowinckel has been sentenced to up to two years in prison for an incident in Farmington Township last year.
On Wednesday, September 22, Presiding Judge Sara J. Seidle-Patton sentenced a 43-year-old man Brian Patrick Desjardins to a minimum of one year less a day to a maximum of two years less a day of imprisonment for a second degree felony, strangling county and two years of probation for a second degree felony of indecent assault , the penalties being consecutive.
Desjardin was given credit for 239 days of sentence served and ordered to register as a level 1 sex offender, which requires 15 years of registration.
Desjardin pleaded guilty to the above counts on Wednesday, June 2.
As a result of the plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:
– Criminal attempt – Forced coercion of rape, crime 1
– Criminal attempt – Indecent assault aggravated without consent, Crime 2
– Simple assault, offense 2
– Harassment – Subject other than physical contact, Summary
The charges stem from an incident at a residence on Fulmer Drive in Farmington Township, Clarion County, in May 2020.
Details of the case:
According to a criminal complaint, Corporal Yoder and Private Snyder and Smith, of PSP Marienville, responded to a report of an ongoing domestic incident at the location described above at approximately 7:42 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020.
When the officers arrived at the scene, Brian Desjardin was attempting to get into a vehicle and leave the property. He was handcuffed after refusing to obey orders to get away from the vehicle, according to the complaint.
The known victim was then interviewed.
She reported that Desjardin started calling her earlier in the morning and then attempted to have sex with her without her consent. The victim reported that Desjardin then attempted to attack him, and she fled up the stairs to get away from him and attempted to call a family member, according to the complaint.
The victim said the altercation continued when she came back down the steps, and Desjardins forcibly threw her onto the mattress and attempted to have sex with her. Desjardin then placed his right hand around her neck with her thumb applying pressure to her throat, preventing her from breathing. The victim said Desjardin then placed a pillow over her face and performed a sexual act on himself while he was on top of her, according to the complaint.
The complaint states that the victim did not consent to any of Desjardins’ sexual acts.
The victim then moved away from Desjardins and tried again to call a member of his family. She told police Desjardin then hit her on the head near her left ear with a closed backhand, causing swelling in the area, according to the complaint.
The victim also suffered two scratches to his chest during the altercation.
On the call to Clarion County 9-1-1, Desjardin picked up the victim’s phone and ended the call. 9-1-1 then called back and spoke to Desjardins. At this point, the operator could hear the victim in the background say that she needed an ambulance.
The Clarion Hospital ambulance responded to the scene and confirmed that the victim’s injuries were recent.
The victim also reported that when she tried to call a family member again, Desjardins took her phone and took it apart, the complaint notes.
Desjardin was arraigned before Judge Schill at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28.
EDITOR’S NOTE 1: Extreme graphic detail was not included due to the sexual nature of the alleged crimes.
EDITOR’S NOTE 2: Several details have been removed from this article to help protect the identity of the victim.
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