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WILKES-BARRE -- A Luzerne County judge sentenced a Shickshinny man to 15 to 30 years in state prison Monday on charges he sexually assaulted two teen girls, one of whom became pregnant.


Walter Joseph Engle, 44, of Waterton Road, was sentenced by Judge Fred Pierantoni on two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and will now be required to register his address under Megan's Law for life.


Engle, who pleaded guilty to the charges in August, also was deemed a sexually violent predator by Pierantoni after an evaluation by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.


Steven Greenwald, Engle's attorney, said his client did not contest the finding and has been remorseful since the beginning.


Greenwald said Engle cooperated with police, confessing his crimes, and acknowledged his responsibility by pleading guilty to the two related charges.


Assistant District Attorney Jenny Roberts agreed Engle has been cooperative, noting she was thankful Engle did not put the two girls through a trial.


According to court papers, on Feb. 3, a Luzerne County Children and Youth worker received information that a 13-year-old girl was pregnant and that Engle was the father of the unborn child.


Two days later, Engle appeared at the state police barracks in Shickshinny and said he wanted to turn himself in for abusing and getting the girl pregnant.


Engle told police that inappropriate contact began around November 2010 and progressed from touching to sexual intercourse.


On Feb. 8, state police conducted an investigation into other sexual abuse that occurred at Engle's Waterton Road home between 2006 and 2007.


Police interviewed a female who said Engle sexually abused her when she was 14 and 15 years old between 2006 and 2007.


The girl told police the abuse began as inappropriate touching and progressed to sexual intercourse.


Pierantoni said Engle must complete 25 hours of community service and undergo both mental health and drug-and-alcohol evaluations and follow any treatment.


Engle received 270 days credit for time already served in prison and was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors and to stay away from places minors frequent.


You took advantage of two young girls, Pierantoni said. Your (crimes) are one of the most despicable actions…


Sheena Delazio, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 829-7235.


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