A Willow Street man is facing 25 years in prison if convicted of new sex-abuse charges that were recently ordered to trial.
Dennis Mowday, convicted in 1995 of sex abuse of a child, is headed to trial on eight felony counts, regarding the manufacture of child pornography.
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Mowday, 60, subjected the girl to sex acts at his home, which he photographed and filmed.
Following a preliminary hearing Wednesday, District Judge William Benner ordered Mowday be tried in Lancaster County Court on all counts. Mowday is at Lancaster County Prison on $500,000 bail.
If convicted of the new charges, Mowday faces a mandatory 25-year prison term because it would be a second separate conviction of sex abuse, according to Assistant District Attorney Janie Swinehart, lead prosecutor.
Police became aware of the crimes after Mowday’s employer found evidence among Mowday’s belongings that he was abusing a girl. The employer contacted police.
West Lampeter police Detective Jere Schuler filed the charges.
Mowday is presumed innocent.
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