Lock Haven man gets 8 to 16 years for rape

By CARA MORNINGSTAR

cmorningstar@sungazette.com

Daniel A. Biblehimer, 50, of Lock Haven, was sentenced to 8 to 16 years in state prison for two counts of rape of a child and other offenses in Lycoming County Court.

Biblehimer admitted to raping a young girl from April 1, 2008, to March 9, 2012, while she was between the ages of 12 and 16. He pleaded no contest to the charges in January.

He was sentenced before President Judge Nancy Butts.

“Here’s an individual that had no prior record whatsoever,” Butts said. “He’s going to be doing a substantial amount of time in state prison … but he expressed remorse at the time of sentence.”

Butts said that Biblehimer’s cooperation during the trial mattered.

“He didn’t require the victim to present testimony or prove anything for the Commonwealth … he essentially acknowledged everything all the way through,” Butts said. “That was a huge factor that the Commonwealth considered in making a determination as to what the outcome of the case should be.”

Butts said the sentencing was typical for the offense.

“These were standard-range sentences,” she said. “They were designed to run consecutive to one another because they felt that based upon the nature and the length of time over which these activities happened … that a sentence of any less wouldn’t be appropriate.”

Eric R. Linhardt, district attorney, said the sentence was not enough.

“While it is a lengthy sentence, candidly, it is far less than I believe Mr. Biblehimer deserved. Sexual assault cases are difficult cases to prosecute for many reasons, including the emotional toll they place on the victims. This is especially true in cases involving a child victim,” he said.

Linhardt said that the agreement of an 8-to-16-years sentence was reached with the consent of the victim and the victim’s family.

“Defendants serving state prison sentences for sexual assaults are rarely paroled at their minimum sentence, and it is likely that Mr. Biblehimer will serve far more than his eight-year minimum,” Linhardt said. “I certainly hope that to be the case.”

Butts said Biblehimer will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.