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Honesdale man sentenced for rape

Jimmy Rife

November 7, 2016

Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, announced that Jimmy Rife, age 49, of Honesdale Borough, was sentenced to 8 ½ years to 20 years in a State Correctional Institution based upon his Guilty Plea on August 11, 2016, to one count of Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, a Felony of the 1st Degree and one count of Corruption of Minors Related to Sexual Offenses, a Felony in the 3rd Degree. Rife was also found to be a Sexual Violent Predator by President Judge Raymond L. Hamill and ordered to pay restitution up to $5,000.00 in counseling for the victim.

This heinous crime involved a 13 year old female victim. The series of attacks occurred over a 7 month period from April to October in 2015.

District Attorney Edwards stated “The sentence Mr. Rife received today is a strong statement by this Court that sexual crimes against children will not go without severe punishment. The hard work of ADA Deborah Rothenberg, Wayne County Children and Youth Services and the Honesdale Borough Police Department led to this matter being investigated swiftly and moved through the criminal system quickly to spare the young female victim further trauma.”