Joshua Brough gets 8 to 16 years for rape of a child

On December 19, 2018, Judge Scott Arthur Evans sentenced Joshua Brough, age 35, to serve at least 8 years and up to 16 years in a state penitentiary for the rape of a fourteen-year old girl in November of 2017.  The girl disclosed to police that when she was home sick from school, the defendant, a family friend, came into her room and forced himself upon her.  While incarcerated on the charges, Brough contacted the mother of the child and encouraged her to have the child recant the statement to the police.  This resulted in an additional conviction of solicitation to commit intimidation of a witness. 


On the intimidation charge, Judge Evans sentenced the defendant to an additional ten years of probation to be served consecutively to his prison sentence.  The court ordered that Brough register for life under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law.  Chief Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gettle, who prosecuted the case, credited the work of the police and the bravery of the young girl: “Throughout this case, the named victim has exhibited so much strength.  It is because of her strength that we were able to ensure that this defendant will be incarcerated and monitored for the next 25 plus years—hopefully protecting other children from his criminal behavior.”


Affiant: Detective Jill Rowe, Susquehanna Township Police Department