- Jan 30, 2008
Nurse Admits Raping Disabled Teen
By: LAURIE MASON
Burlington County Times
A male nurse will serve at least 10 years in a state prison after admitting Tuesday that he raped a severely disabled 14-year-old boy.
Fred Magondu, 36, a Kenyan national who lives in Philadelphia, pleaded guilty before Bucks County Judge Jeffrey Finley to charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and related counts. Groans erupted in the courtroom audience as prosecutor Monica Furber outlined the graphic details of the crime.
Magondu was arrested in June following an investigation into an April 30 incident that began when police were summoned to Council Rock Middle School by a nurse who was caring for the victim, who has cerebral palsy and other ailments and is unable to speak.
The boy was taken to The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia where doctors found injuries consistent with him being raped.
Investigators turned their attention to Magondu, the home care nurse who had been alone with the boy on the morning of the rape. Magondu, who worked for Harleysville Pediatrics, was supposed to dress the boy and put him on the school bus.
Police say Magondu initially denied sexually assaulting the boy, claiming he had noticed the child was bleeding but thought it was because of an ongoing physical problem. Tests later showed Magondus DNA on the child and his bed sheets and the suspect confessed, prosecutors said.
In court in Doylestown Tuesday, Magondu hung his head as he stood before the judge. He didnt testify.
The hearing was delayed for nearly an hour because Magondu at first refused to admit to all the charges. After meeting outside the courtroom with his attorney, John Fioravanti, Magondu entered the plea.
The boys father was in the courtroom, but didnt make a statement. The victims parents will get a chance to address the judge in about 90 days, when Magondu is sentenced.
As a convicted sex offender, Magondu will be registered under Megans Law for at least 10 years. If he is determined to be a sexually violent predator, hell be subject to lifetime supervision and community notification.
Magondu is a married father of three who has been a nurse since 2006. Before moving to Philadelphia in January 2008, he lived in Falls. He has no prior criminal record.
The charges Magondu pleaded guilty to carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years behind bars, although a judge could sentence him to as much as 45 years. Finley revoked Magondus bail after the hearing and sent him to the county prison to await sentencing.
Laurie Mason can be reached at 215-949-4185 or email@example.com.
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