A 48-year-old East Greenville man, charged last October with raping two girls, ages 9 and 11, was found guilty in Montgomery County District Court Tuesday after a non-jury trial.
He was found guilty on charges of multiple counts of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, indecent assault, terroristic threats, indecent exposure and corruption of minors.
The verdict, handed down by Judge William R. Carpenter, was swift after Wayne Klotz, formerly of the 400 block of Colonial Drive, opted Friday to not be tried by a jury of his peers. Officials said the move came just before the two victims in the case were scheduled to testify to the sexual assaults which occurred between Sept. 2008 and Aug. 2010.
Klotz reportedly assaulted the girls on numerous occasions during that time period while they were in his company, telling the girls he would hurt them or kill himself if they told anyone.
One of the victims, who is now 13 years old, became pregnant as a result of the assaults. Prosecuting Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Samantha Cauffman said she was prepared to submit into evidence DNA evidence that stated by a probability of 99.9 percent that Klotz was the father of the girl’s aborted fetus.
Klotz, who reportedly complained of illness and was in a wheelchair on the first day of his trail Friday, could spend the rest of his life in prison when he is sentenced in several months. He could face 83 to 166 years. He remains incarcerated without bail in Montgomery County Prison.
“I never had any doubt that this man would be convicted of what he did,” said ADA Cauffman following the verdict. She noted that the prosecution was prepared to go forward with their case despite Klotz’s last-minute decision to not be judged by a jury of his peers. “His crimes are despicable and against the most innocent and vulnerable of our society.”
Klotz is no stranger to law enforcement.
According to court records, Klotz pled guilty in 1984 to burglary and related charges and was sentenced to probation. In 1985, he was again arrested for burglary and related offenses and was sentenced to six to 23 months in Bucks County Prison.
In 1988, he was arrested for indecent assault, indecent exposure, open lewdness and corruption of minors in 1988 when he lived in Milford Square, Bucks County. He received five years probation in the case. ADA Cauffman said that arrest was for allegedly assaulting a family member.
In 1992, Klotz was arrested for attempted murder, aggravated assault, burglary, criminal trespass and simple assault after allegedly trying to kill his girlfriend in Quakertown. According to court records, Klotz pled guilty to aggravated assault and related charges and was sentenced to one year, 11 months to three years, 11 months in prison.
“Were really pleased with the judge’s decision,” said arresting officer Det. Matthew Boaman of the Upper Perk Police Wednesday concerning the verdict. “We’re very proud of the work done by our department and DA’s office. We think justice was served.”