Man gets one to two years for statutory assault charges

EBENSBURG – After prodding from his attorney and a Cambria County judge, an accused rapist told his victim: “It wasn’t supposed to happen like it did.”

Northern Cambria teenager Bradley Thomas Lloyd, 19, of 21 Cherry Ridge Terrace, was sentenced Tuesday to one to two years in Cambria County Prison on felony statutory assault charges for an attack on a 13-year-old girl last fall.

According to police, Lloyd was at the girl’s house in early November for a sleepover with her older brother.

The girl, who was sleeping on the couch, said she woke up about 5 a.m. to Lloyd touching her leg. She told police when she screamed at him to stop, he pinned her to the couch and raped her. Lloyd faced nearly a dozen charges, including rape, indecent assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

He was jailed on a $100,000 bond.

When Judge Patrick Kiniry and Assistant Public Defender Maribeth Schaffer first asked Lloyd whether he had anything to say before sentencing, he remained silent as his victim hung her head and wept.

“You have nothing to say?” Kiniry asked.

The girl’s mother spoke next, telling Lloyd he took away her daughter’s innocence and changed her. She said her daughter is no longer a “happy-go-lucky” child but now hates herself and has to get therapy and counseling.

“You were my son’s best friend,” she said to Lloyd, choking back tears. “And you betrayed my trust.”

Before Kiniry handed down his sentence, Lloyd apologized for his actions.

“It wasn’t supposed to happen like it did,” he said. “I don’t know. That’s all I have to say.”

Kiniry also sentenced Lloyd to three years’ probation.