A man convicted of having sexually assaulted two women in a
northeast Philadelphia park has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years
Robert Palen was also ruled by a Court of Common Pleas judge
Friday to be a sexually violent predator.
Jurors in April
convicted Palen of assaulting having assaulted two women in
Pennypack Park in 2010 and 2011.
suspected one man was responsible for the rapes of two women and
the physical assault of a third, but the case wasn't solved until
Palen's DNA matched samples collected from a sexual assault in
He pleaded guilty
to strangulation and sexual-assault charges in the Wisconsin case
and was sentenced to 8 ½ years in prison, then extradited to
Pennsylvania to face the Philadelphia charges.