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Man enters no-contest plea in burglary

October 04, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man charged with sexually assaulting two women on the same night last year entered a no-contest plea to a burglary charge Thursday and was sentenced to state prison.

Sean Nolan Connor, 36, of 67 North Ave., was to be tried next week on charges of rape of an unconscious victim, burglary, indecent assault and sexual assault in one case; and forcible rape, sexual assault involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault in another.

Connor entered the plea to the first-degree felony burglary charge before Judge John R. Walker and was sentenced to two to four years in prison, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sulcove said.

"The victims wanted to avoid going to trial, if possible, and this was one way of accomplishing that," Sulcove said. "It was going to be difficult for them to relive it" had the case proceeded to trial, she said.

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The affidavits of probable cause stated that the women and Connor were at a Chambersburg bar June 9, 2007, and that he accompanied them back to the one woman's home on Mont Alto Road.

One woman, a 33-year-old from Shippensburg, Pa., knew Connor, Pennsylvania State Police said. The 27-year-old who lived on Mont Alto Road had not met him before that night, police said.

At about 6 a.m., Connor asked the Shippensburg woman to give him a ride back to his vehicle at Razzle's in Chambersburg, police said. Once in the vehicle, however, he forced her to have sexual intercourse, police said.

One affidavit stated that the woman drove Connor to Chambersburg and he told her he needed to return to the Mont Alto Road house to get his cell phone.

The other woman told police she was passed out, but awoke to find Connor having sexual intercourse with her, police said. The Shippensburg woman told police that the 27-year-old was passed out and was in no condition to have given her consent to have sex, according to the affidavit.

Walker's sentence included a provision that Connor have no contact with the women, Sulcove said.

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