SUNBURY — James Beidler, 41, of Sunbury, was found guilty by a jury Wednesday of raping a child over a five-year period in Sunbury.

Beidler, who will be sentenced at a later date, was found guilty of all seven charges filed against him by Sunbury police relating to incidents that occurred between Jan. 1, 2011, and April 22, 2016. The victim was 5-years-old when the crimes first occurred, police said.

At the conclusion of the full-day trial before Northumberland County President Judge Charles H. Saylor, the jury found Beidler guilty of felonies of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a victim less than 13 years old, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and statutory sexual assault.

The Child Advocacy Center assisted Sunbury police in the investigation.

In a press release, District Attorney Tony Matulewicz said, “Sex crimes are hard cases to successfully bring to verdict. Often times the trials are little more than a ‘he said — she said,’ but we take them to trial because it is the right thing to do.”

The case was prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Julia Skinner.

Matulewicz commended Skinner for the prosecution of Beidler. “She is highly trained and very experienced with these difficult types of cases,” he said. “She has a difficult job and once again did a fantastic job with the evidence she presented.”

The district attorney said his office is seeking a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence for Beidler.

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