Meadville Tribune

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June 1, 2009

Man faces prison for rape of child

A Meadville man faces at least 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas to a charge of raping a child.

Nathaniel D. Coulson, 21, 613 N. Main St., Apt. 4, Meadville, pleaded guilty before Judge John Spataro to one count of rape of a child.

Coulson pleaded guilty to raping the child, who was then age 11, at a Poplar Street home.

The rape of a child charge carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison with a maximum 40 years in prison and a maximum $25,000 fine.

As part of a plea bargain with the Crawford County District Attorney’s office, six other counts of rape of a child; eight counts of statutory sexual assault; and one count each of corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor will be withdrawn.

The district attorney’s office plans to recommend a 10- to 20-year sentence when Coulson is sentenced by Spataro Aug. 31.

Coulson also will have to undergo a Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment prior to his sentencing to determine if he is a sexually violent predator.

Coulson remains jailed in lieu of bond.

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