A man who sexually assaulted a young girl from Bensalem on multiple occasions over a two year period will be living behind bars for the next six to 15 years. 21-year-old Raequan Williams Cooper was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to multiple felonies including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child.
Williams Cooper began his attacks when his victim was just nine years old and sometimes recorded the heinous acts. He told Judge Raymond F. McHugh all recordings had been destroyed and no one else had viewed the tapes.
After two years of abuse, the crimes were reported in December of last year to the Bensalem Township Police by the victim’s older sister.
Williams Cooper claims he was molested as a young child by two older family members, and when he told his mother she refused to believe him.
“I’m not a horrible person; I made a horrible choice,” Williams Cooper said. “I really need help. I don’t want to do this anymore.”
However, Judge McHugh was not fully convinced, calling the crimes “heinous” and “offensive.”
“I accept the fact that you have been abused,” Judge McHugh told Williams Cooper, “this is a case where the abused had become the abuser.”
Williams Cooper expressed his disappointment the victim and her sister did not show up to court because he wanted to “apologize to their faces.”
However, Assistant District Attorney Rose E. McHugh argued Williams Cooper wanted contact with the victim in the future, indicating a lack of awareness of the severity of his crimes. When he could have prevented the victim from experiencing the same trauma he did as a child, McHugh Williams Cooper said he “did the exact opposite.”
Judge McHugh recommended mental health treatment for Williams Cooper, who takes medication for PTSD, anxiety, and depression. He also told the perpetrator he would need to complete sufficient sex offender treatment before being recommended for parole.
Williams Cooper will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.