LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A man serving prison time for the repeated sexual abuse of a Lancaster County girl will serve a reduced sentence after a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling.
Matthew B. Wolfe, 22, formerly of Palmyra, was serving 10 to 20 years for the abuse of a 13 year-old-girl in 2012. He Wolfe was convicted in 2013 of felony sex abuse for crimes that happened in West Donegal Township and Lebanon County.
Authorities said he was the girl’s babysitter.
Wolf’s case was ordered for resentencing after the court – based on Wolfe’s appeal – deemed mandatory sentencing on sex crimes unconstitutional, and a Lancaster County judge on Wednesday ordered a new sentence of 6½ to 13 years, Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman’s office said.
Stedman said Wolfe’s case demonstrates the need for lawmakers to address mandatory sentencing. He said it is a “real possibility” that there could be more child victims of abuse if offenders are being paroled from prison sooner.