The Masontown couple convicted of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl were sentenced last week on a crime a prosecutor has called a “most heinous” sexual assault case.
Jessica Marie Archer, 29, and Antonio D. Archer, 30, of 101 E. Harvey Ave. were sentenced on Thursday before Fayette County Judge Steve Leskinen following a conviction a week prior on child sexual assault charges by a jury.
Antonio Archer and Jessica Archer were found guilty of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors with Antonio Archer charged and found guilty of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child and sexual assault.
During an interview with authorities, the girl, who was 5 years of age during the incidents, said Antonio Archer “did nasty stuff” to her, forcing sex acts on her and hurting her. Jessica Archer allegedly asked the girl to touch her genitals. The girl told police she saw a movie where adults did not have clothes on, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in her case.
The Herald-Standard does not identify those who allege they are victims of sex crimes.
A family member of the girl gave a victim impact statement and said after she learned what the Archers did to the girl with the physical and sexual abuse, she no longer sees them as people, but as monsters.
“I hope you receive back 100 fold what happened to her,” the woman said, adding that the Archers killed the person the girl should have been, but the girl won’t let that abuse define her. “Despite you, she won’t become a monster.”
Fayette County Assistant District Attorney Christina A. DeMarco-Breeden said the case was the most heinous sexual assault case she has ever prosecuted.
“There are no words to describe how utterly disgusting it is,” she said.
During the sentencing, the Archers maintained they are innocent of the charges with Jessica Archer saying they will continue to fight for their rights as they were falsely accused.
While Antonio Archer agreed that the charges were disturbing and disgusting, he contended that neither him nor his wife did those things and he will make sure whoever did do the crime will be punished.
Antonio Archer added that he wasn’t even mad at the victim, adding that the girl was probably confused.
Leskinen said the time to argue one’s innocence is during the appeal process, not the sentencing phase as his task was to sentence the couple based on the charges on which they were found guilty.
Antonio Archer was sentenced to serve 17 to 40 years in a state correctional institution with 10 to 20 years on the charge of child rape and 7 to 10 years on the charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
Jessica Archer was sentenced to serve 3 to 7 years in a state correctional institution on the charge of indecent assault.
Both will have to register as a sex offender for life.