NORRISTOWN — A Bucks County man is on his way to jail after he was convicted by a Montgomery County Court jury of charges he had indecent contact with a 12-year-old Horsham girl as she slept and while he was visiting her family’s residence.
Christopher G. Snyder, 34, of the 800 block of 2nd Street Pike, Richboro, was sentenced on Thursday to 9-to-23-months in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on charges of corruption of a minor, indecent assault without consent, indecent assault of an unconscious person and indecent assault of a person less than 13 in connection with a November 2017 incident at a residence along West County Line Road in Horsham.
Montgomery County Judge William R. Carpenter also ordered Snyder to complete eight years’ probation following parole, meaning Snyder will be under court supervision for about 10 years.
Additionally, the judge said Snyder must complete 50 hours of community service as a condition of the sentence. Snyder was ordered to have no contact with the victim and her family and he is prohibited from having unsupervised contact with minors.
Snyder was convicted of the charges by a jury after a two-day trial in March.
The jury acquitted Snyder of a more serious felony charge of unlawful contact or communication with a minor.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Beeson. Snyder was represented by defense lawyer V. Erik Peterson.
With the charges, prosecutors alleged Snyder touched the girl in an indecent manner while she was sleeping.
The investigation began in February 2018 when the girl and her mother reported the November 2017 incident to Horsham police.
“The victim reported that she woke up one night in November to the suspect’s hand under her nightgown,” Horsham Detective Gloria Hatcher alleged in the arrest affidavit. “She stated that this woke her up and she saw the suspect kneeling beside her bed around the area of her waist.”
During an interview by child social workers, the girl said that when she realized what was happening she uttered, “What are you doing?” to Snyder and Snyder then “crawled out of her room and they never talked about it again,” according to the arrest affidavit.