TOWANDA — On Thursday, 28-year-old Daniel Harbst of Monroeton was found guilty on six first-grade felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with his 8-year-old daughter.
According to Bradford County District Attorney Dan Barrett, Harbst’s bail was revoked and remanded to jail following a two-day jury trial.
Because the victim was under 13 years old, the maximum sentence is 40 years instead of 20 years, Barrett explained.
Harbst will be sentenced Jan. 2 following a pre-sentencing investigation and report.
The charges were brought following a four-month investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police earlier this year.
Harbst was originally charged on May 9 with one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, one count of aggravated indecent assault, one count of corruption of minors and indecent assault.
A couple weeks later, additional charges were brought forward for six counts of rape, a first-degree felony; six counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, a first-degree felony; six counts of corruption of minors, a third-degree felony; and six counts of indecent assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.
According to the state police, the victim was interviewed at the Bradford County Children’s Advocacy Center on Jan. 27 and told investigators what her father had allegedly done to her.
The victim gave “detailed accounts as to what occurred,” police said.
Harbst also told the victim “not to tell nobody,” the affidavit stated.
After the interview, a rape kit was performed on the victim and a search warrant was issued for Harbst’s residence and to obtain DNA from the suspect.
Harbst refused to speak with investigators when they collected his DNA on Jan. 27.
The evidence was submitted to the Wyoming Regional Laboratory on Jan. 28, police said.
On March 11, a forensic scientist completed her report and the results verified the victim’s account.
The state police’s Forensics DNA Division in Greensburg confirmed on April 30 that the DNA did in fact match Harbst.