The state Superior Court on Thursday upheld a 150- to 300-year state prison term for a chronic Dauphin County child molester who argued in vain that the penalty was "unreasonable and excessive."
The sentence 55-year-old Terrance Germaine-King of Harrisburg is serving in the state prison at Huntungdon is one of the longest imposed in the midstate for a non-murder case. Its affirmation by the state court comes more than a year after
Curcillo hit Germaine-King with the de facto life sentence after he was convicted for a third time of molesting children. He was already labeled as a sexually violent predator before a county jury found him guilty again in September 2012 of sexually abusing six girls ages 6 to 15 from 2005 to 2008 in that third case.
In 1992, Germaine-King was convicted of molesting two 7-year-old city girls and in 2009 he was found guilty of sexually abusing another Harrisburg girl. He was deemed a predator after the 2009 conviction and was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 10 years in prison.
On appeal, Germaine-King argued to the Superior Court that his sentence was unjustified and that his conviction wasn't backed by sufficient evidence.
There was no physical evidence of his crimes, but the prosecution based its case on testimony from the victims. They testified, among other things, that Germaine-King, who lived across the street from an elementary school, would rub what he called a "magic cream" on their genitals, saying he was doing so for medicinal purposes.
In the opinion denying Germaine-King's appeal, Superior Court Judge Jacqueline O. Shogan called his crimes "heinous" and said the guilty verdict "does not shock one's conscience."
Shogan called Germaine-King's claim that his sentence is too harsh a "mere bald assertion" without any argument to back it up. She concluded that Curcillo acted properly in setting a penalty that considered several factors, including "the protection of the public."
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