A Lancaster County man has been charged with sexual assault

COLUMBIA, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — A man from Columbia, Lancaster County, has been charged after being found guilty of rape and other charges in October 2022.

According to the Lancaster County Prosecutor’s Office, 52-year-old Steele Hilton was sentenced onriday, January 13. Hilton was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison. Convicted after a two-day trial in October, he was found guilty of rape, involuntary perverted sexual intercourse, and sexual assault.

The victim called the Manor Township Police Department on January 27, 2021, to report a sexual assault that occurred at a home on Water Street, Columbia, during the night from January 16 to January 17, according to the district attorney’s office.

The victim identified Hilton and said she was living in the same property, according to the district attorney’s office. The district attorney’s office reported that the victim said they were hanging out with a group of people the night of the accident, and that the victim woke up to Hilton taking the victim’s pants off.

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The victim then confronted Hilton on the phone and apologized. Hilton also confirmed to police that he was present the night of the attack, according to the district attorney’s office.

The district attorney’s office stated that Hilton faced a mandatory 25 to 50 year prison sentence due to being the perpetrator of the second sexual assault offense. Helton is also required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law for the rest of his life.

Manor Police Department officer Colin Tatara filed charges and testified at the trial.