A former Bucks County football coach was sentenced to 18 to 40 years in prison on Monday for raping an underage cheerleader.
Keith Peschen, a married father and former president of the Levittown Lions Athletic Association, was arrested last November after an investigation that started back in July.
The victim, who is now 17 years old, told her mom that Peschen raped her several times over the course of two years starting when she was 11. Her mother then alerted authorities. Police say the victim was scared for her life and wasn't sure what to do about the attacks at the time.
Peschen raped the girl inside his home and car, according to court documents obtained by NBC10.
Last February, Peschen pleaded guilty to rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and other felonies. However, Peschen claimed he only raped the girl once. The judge rejected his plea since Peschen did not admit to raping the girl numerous times as he was initially accused of.
He then pleaded guilty to all the charges against him shortly before jury selection was set to begin.
In addition to the prison sentence on Monday, Peschen will also be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.