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Philadelphia officer pleads guilty to heinous abuse of minors and women, sentenced to 15-40 years

A retired Philadelphia police officer facing more than 1,300 years in prison on over 200 criminal charges of sexual abuse of children and woman entered a guilty plea to lesser charges on Friday and was sentenced to 15 to 40 years of incarceration instead.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office said in a press release that 54-year-old Patrick Heron pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, two counts of sexual abuse of children, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, official oppression, kidnapping of a minor, indecent assault, forgery and stalking for five criminal cases brought against him by the DA’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

Commonwealth prosecutors were ready to go to trial on allegations from over more than a decade, accusing Heron of abusing and assaulting dozens of women and girls, taking photos and videos of victims being assaulted without their consent, and attempting to silence witnesses through intimidation to shield his crimes from fellow law enforcement officials.

“The predatory sexual assaults committed by former Police Officer Patrick Heron – and his criminal efforts to cover up his many crimes – are an egregious abuse of his position of trust,” Krassner said. “The survivors – including Jane Does not yet identified – deserve to know how this officer’s crimes went unreported and unchecked within law enforcement for so long. And they deserve all of our support in addressing the trauma they have suffered.

“The systemic failures within law enforcement that enabled then-Officer Heron to assault and abuse vulnerable women and girls – including child runaways and people living with addiction – for a decade or more must be remedied,” he added.

Greg Wehner is a breaking news reporter for Fox News Digital.

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