LOCK HAVEN — Eric Montague King, 46, formerly of Lafayette Street in Avis Borough, was sentenced Thursday by Clinton County Chairman Judge Craig P. Miller to state prison.
According to Crimewatch, Miller imposed a maximum sentence of 7 years and 6 months, with a minimum of 3 years and 9 months, followed by a mandatory 3-year probation sentence imposed on all sex offenders.
Miller also classified King as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP), which subjects King to the most intensive lifetime registration requirements allowed by Pennsylvania’s Megan Law.
At sentencing, District Attorney Dave Strouse described King as a “classic predator” who will never change his behavior or be rehabilitated. Citing King’s long criminal history which spans over two decades, Strouse said: “Every day the court can put the defendant in jail is one more day they cannot victimize a helpless elderly or intellectually disabled woman.”
Strouse asked the court to impose a minimum sentence of 3 years and nine months with a maximum of 7 years and 6 months, which he described as the maximum sentence allowed under Pennsylvania sentencing laws.
On his own behalf, King pleaded for time served. He claimed he did nothing wrong and told the court he was a “good person, and would give people the shirt off his back.”
King insisted he was convicted as a result of a fabricated story and the prosecutor’s office refused to dig into the truth of the case.
Miller described King’s crimes as “repugnant” and just before handing down his sentence, he said he was fully confident that King would do it again if given the chance.
Miller said King’s actions cannot be tolerated anywhere in society and they “will absolutely not be tolerated in Clinton County.”
King was found guilty by a Clinton County jury in December 2021, following a one-day trial. The jury returned guilty verdicts on three counts of indecent assault, a second-degree misdemeanor and one count of harassment, a third-degree misdemeanor.
Miller, who presided over the trial, also found King guilty of three additional counts of harassment, all filed as summaries. King had been charged with having unwanted sexual and physical contact with three women on three separate occasions in Avis and Pine Creek Township in September and November 2020.
At trial, all three victims testified against King.
The first woman, 36, testified that King entered his property and fondled her breasts from behind in September last year. She described how King then forced her, dragging her, to the back of his residence. She described the fear and terror she felt not knowing what King intended to do to her and said she “fought with everything she had” leave. The woman said her two large dogs heard her struggling and startled King.
The second woman, 66, testified that she was walking her dog when she encountered King who was also walking his two dogs in Avis on September 23, 2020. She said King almost immediately began making comments to her overt sex. and explained how he could please her with explicit details.
The woman testified that she tried to walk away and told King to stop, but he continued to walk after her and continued to make explicit comments to her. Stating that she was afraid of King when he did not stop, she decided to stay in public places and near major roads and did not return home for fear that King would follow her to her residence.
She described how King then made unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature with her, which she told him to stop. She described how King reached into his pants in an apparent attempt to please himself while she was next to him.
After about an hour, she said King said he was “to abandon” and that she was able to get away from him and go home. She described being scared of King and became emotional during her testimony. Altogether she said she told King to stop making sexual comments to her “At least ten times.”
The third woman, 81, testified that King approached her in the parking lot as she was leaving the Dollar General store in Pine Creek Township in November 2020. King offered to help her put the items that she had bought in her car. King allegedly helped with her luggage and then asked to sit with her in her car for five minutes. After the woman refused, King “asked for a hug” then touched the woman’s genitals.
None of the women had ever met King before their assaults, but all three named him before the jury as the man they met.
When he was arrested, King told arresting officer Sgt. Dennis Gill of the Pine Creek Township Police that he did nothing wrong, claiming he “just kissed” the women.