04 - 29 - 2010 Snyder Co. judge doubts counseling will work on sex offender
(DI) Snyder Co. President Judge Harold Woelfel said he doubts counseling will help a convicted child molester, so he sentenced him to county jail in an attempt to keep the man locked up longer. After hearing highly emotional testimony from the mother & grandparents of the now 7-y/o victim, Judge Woelfel imposed a 14-month to 5-year sentence followed by 5 years of probation against 41-y/o Todd Sauer, of Mount Pleasant Mills, for sexually abusing children & indecent assault. Woelfel told him he doubts counseling or therapy will help & chastised Sauer for comments he made implying the victim did not try to stop the abuse. Woelfel ordered the sentence because the county facility doesn't have access to the counseling & other services Sauer will need & therefore wouldn't be eligible for parole as soon as he would in a state facility.