Germantown man sentenced to up to 107 years in prison for pair of rapes

A Germantown man has been sentenced to up to 107 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two young women in Oct. 2011.

On Friday, Common Pleas Court Judge Rayford Means sentenced 22-year-old Travis Trusedale to between 53.5 and 107 years incarceration on charges of rape, unlawful contact with a minor, unlawful restraint and attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, according to a District Attorney’s office press release.

According to the DA’s office, Trusedale approached a 13-year-old-girl at a bus stop Oct. 15, 2011 on the 100 block of Olney Ave., dragged her into an alleyway, forcibly assaulted and robbed her. After fighting Trusedale off, the victim ran home to report the assault.

However, Trusedale returned to the same bus stop just a few minutes later. There, he saw his next victim, a 16-year-old girl who he attacked, pulled into another alley and forcibly raped her.

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The girl’s screams drew the attention of neighbors who held the defendant down until police arrived.

Victims in court

At Friday’s sentencing, both victims and their families offered testimony to the impact of Trusedales’ crimes on their lives.

Means suggested that he imposed a severe sentence because the crimes against innocent children were so heinous, and he needed to protect society from Trusedale, according to the DA’s release.

“It is due only to the courage of these two girls and the intervention of Good Samaritans that this violent predator has been removed from our streets,” said Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp.

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