A Falls Township man who confessed to sexually assaulting an eight year old girl will spend up to forty years behind bars.

In a plea agreement Wednesday, Scott Galant admitted to committing child rape and indecent assault in 2018. But he could have evaded justice for years.

Scott Galant, 29. Photo via Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.

No one except Galant’s victim knew he had committed the crime until he told her mother about the abuse over the phone.

The young victim confirmed Galant’s actions, saying she was afraid to come forward. She also provided additional details to a specialist from the Child Advocacy Center.

“My daughter is the strongest child I know,” said the victim’s mother. “But she had to be. You left her no choice when you made her relive over and over again the nasty things you had done to her.”

Galant wrote a letter to the family late last year saying he regretted his actions. His plea deal requires between 10 and 40 years in state prison.