Andrew "Andre" Harrison Washington – Repeat Sex Offender – Dangerous Predator

A former Schwenksville man with a violent criminal history has been convicted of sexually assaulting two Schwenksville girls between 1989 and 1994.

Andrew “Andre” Harrison Washington, 56, most recently of Philadelphia, was convicted Wednesday in Montgomery County Court of charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault in connection with incidents involving two girls who were under the age of 13.

Judge Paul W. Tressler reached the verdict after a non-jury trial. Tressler deferred sentencing so that court officials can complete a background investigative report about Washington. The judge will use that report to assist him in sentencing Washington later this year.

Washington faces a possible maximum sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison on the charges.

Assistant District Attorney Juliet Faulkner vowed to seek a lengthy state prison sentence against Washington.

“I think he’s an extremely violent predator,” said Faulkner.

Washington, formerly of Main Street in Schwenksville, has a previous conviction for child sexual abuse in Philadelphia for which he is currently serving a prison sentence, according to authorities. State officials previously classified Washington to be a sexually violent predator under Megan’s Law, according to the state’s Megan’s Law web site.

The two Schwenksville victims, who are now in their 20s, came forward with the allegations in 2004 and 2005 after learning about Washington’s arrest in Philadelphia.

“At the time they were being abused they feared reporting it because the defendant was threatening them,” Faulkner alleged. “They felt they had no choice but to do what he told them to do.”

When they finally did come forward, the victims reported numerous sexual assaults at the hands of Washington at times when they were in his company. Washington was a friend of the girls’ families, court documents indicate.

The assaults, which occurred at locations in Schwenksville, involved various sexual contact and inappropriate touching, according to court papers.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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