A Phoenixville man received 690 years in jail for ‘worst’ child abuse case, according to the official declarations that police authorities in Philadelphia released on Thursday. The Chester County prosecutor, who has led the case against the culprit thinks the man would have deserved a worse punishment, but the nature of the criminal counts prevented them from doing so.
Warren Earl Yerger Sr. was arrested in December 2014 after close relatives accused the man of inappropriate behavior towards his adoptive children. Further investigations have proven that the man had, indeed, sexually abused the four children that he was taking care of.
According to the official declarations of the witnesses, the 52-year-old man had nursed the children during the period between 1989 and 2012. During this time interval, the man forced the two underage girls and boys to have deviate sexual intercourses with him.
The majority of the abuses took place in the man’s residences, which are located in the Chester, Berks, McKean and Montgomery counties. The youngest child is only three years old and he has already been traumatized by the man’s insane behavior, according to the medical expertise.
Based on the information and the testimonies that Judge William Mahon received from witnesses, he concluded on Wednesday afternoon that this is the “most egregious and horrific case” of child abuse. He gave Yerger a sentence of 339 to 690 years in prison, after taking into account all the criminal charges that the prosecutor has brought against the man.
Mahon has further declared that he would have given Yerger the death penalty, but local rules do not enable him to adopt this sentence. As a consequence, he condemned the cruel murderer to a life in prison as there is no way he will be released during this 690-year penalty. Even so, the judge believes the sentence is too light, taking into consideration to horrific deeds of the culprit.
The four children will be placed under careful medical observation in the following period. Doctors think the four minors require psychological consultancy in order to overcome the trauma they have been subject to in the past years. They will most likely undergo various physical and psychological tests to determine whether they are suffering from post-traumatic mental disorders or not.