Middletown man convicted of 33 counts of child molestation; victim verbally assaulted by molester’s family
After jury announced a guilty verdict on child sexual molestation charges against a Middletown man, members of his family verbally accosted the victim in the case, yelling, “You’ll rot in Hell, you (expletive).” Harry Szekeres, 59, was convicted of all 33 counts of molestation brought against him. The abuse started when the victim was just 6 years of age and continued for 14years. In emotional testimony this week, the victim chronicled the abuse, breaking down on the stand at one point.
The victim described falling into years of alcohol and drug abuse as she tried to cope with the abuse. She was eventually able to get her life together. She left Dauphin County and moved to the country of Nepal where she currently lives with her husband and children. She explained that although she finally felt safe being away from Szekeres, her constant fear that he had access to other children finally gave her the strength to contact authorities in Dauphin County to report the 14 years of sexual abuse she suffered at his hands.
Dauphin County Detective Andrew Dixon played a recording of a phone call between the victim and Szekeres for the jury. During that 20 minute phone call, an emotional Szekeres can be heard repeatedly apologizing to his victim for molesting her and begging for her forgiveness. At one point on the recording, after the victim asked Szekeres if he understood the impact of what he did to her by sexually abusing her for years, he responded “…it was wrong, I know it was wrong but I’m not a bad person… it was a huge mistake, if I could take it back, I would take it back a hundred thousand fold, I cannot take it back, I cannot take it back.” Unbeknownst to Szekeres, the call, which was made by the victim from Nepal, was being monitored and recorded by Detective Dixon here in Dauphin County.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Sean McCormack described the case as emotionally challenging for him. “As a prosecutor, to have to question a victim, who is obviously going through emotional pain while testifying, to keep reliving her abuse is one of the most difficult parts of this job.”
Dauphin County President Judge Todd A. Hoover ordered that Szekeres be evaluated by the Sexual Offender Assessment Board to determine if he is a Sexually Violent Predator under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law. Judge Hoover set sentencing for Novemebr 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM.