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Marlborough Man Sentenced to Jail, Probation for Assaults
Written by Kelly Chandler

         A 22-year-old Marlborough man was sentenced Tuesday in Montgomery County Court to 8 to 23 months in jail and eight years of probation after striking a plea deal in a case where he was charged with raping one teen and indecently assaulting another in 2009 and 2010.   

        Joseph “Jay” Dehaven, formerly of the 4000 block of Upper Ridge Road, pleaded guilty to one count each of indecent assault by forcible compulsion and corruption of a minor of a sexual nature. 
        Montgomery County Judge Gary S. Silow forbid Dehaven to contact either of his female teenage victims and also prohibited him from possessing pornography and from frequenting establishments that serve alcohol during his probation.
        Dehaven is also not allowed, according to court records, to have any unsupervised contact with minors and must inform probation officers of any romantic relationships he is involved in. relationships he is involved in.
        Silow reportedly called Dehaven’s conduct “disgusting” and noted he was reluctant to accept the plea agreement, explaining that the victims and their parents, however, were in favor of it.
        According to court documents, Marlborough Police alleged Dehaven, then 20, physically assaulted a 17-year-old Hereford girl at his home July 16, 2010. The girl reportedly came to the home to go swimming with several of her friends. Dehaven allegedly attempted to get physical with the girl multiple times, unsuccessfully, before he hit her and then raped her. 
        The girl reported the incident and was later treated at an area hospital.
        Dehaven reportedly denied the girl was ever in his home but police later got a detailed diagram of the interior and exterior of his home from the victim, said Investigating Officer Darren Morgan in a criminal complaint.
         Marlborough Police said a 17-year-old Green Lane girl also came forward, stating Dehaven came to her home in Sept. 2009 and forced her into his vehicle where he physically and sexually assaulted her. He reportedly refused to allow the girl out of the car. 
        Dehaven allegedly made repeated harassing phone calls to the victim and also harassed her fiancé after the incident. 
        Dehaven was originally charged with one count of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault without consent, indecent assault by force, simple assault, unlawful restraint, harassment, disorderly conduct, false imprisonment, luring a child into a motor vehicle and corruption of minors on Aug. 20, 2010. 
        Pursuant to his sentencing, Dehaven must report his address to state police for 15 years under Megan’s Law. He was not deemed a sexually violent predator by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board. 





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