Two Sentenced on Sexual Assault Charges in Clarion County

| February 8, 2018

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Two Clarion County sex offenders received lengthy prison sentences on Wednesday in the Court of Common Pleas.

President Judge James Arner delivered a sentence of a minimum of 18 years and a maximum of 36 years to Bassam Kamel Yakteen, 70, for the crimes he committed against an 11-year-old girl at a Clarion residence in November of 2015.

In October, a jury of seven women and five men found Yakteen guilty of a total of 41 counts that included 40 felonies. The offenses included child rape, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault of a child less than 13 years of age, sexual assault, terroristic threats, as well as conspiracy.

Judge Arner also ordered that Yakteen have no contact with the victim or her siblings. He was taken back to the Clarion County Jail and will be transported to the State Correctional Institution in Waynesburg, Greene County.

Clarion County Assistant District Attorney Drew Welsh argued in his sentencing memorandum that Yakteen receive more than 100 years for his crimes.

“Bassam Yakteen committed horrendous and abhorrent crimes,” Welsh said. “Mr. Yakteen, who at the time of these crimes was 69 years old, repeatedly raped an 11-year-old child. He did not do this alone. He conspired with the child’s mother to make her available for him in exchange for items as meager as cigarettes and pizza.

“The child’s mother admitted her role, pleaded guilty and testified against Mr. Yakteen at trial,” Welsh said.

“What Mr. Yakteen did was unforgivable. Mr. Yakteen’s actions make this case particularly disturbing. The conspiracy with the child’s mother is loathsome. The knowledge that this child had previously been the victim of sexual assault by a family member makes his actions even more deplorable.”

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In the other case, Thomas Edward Servey, 58, of Knox, received a minimum of 11 years and a maximum of 33 years after President Judge James Arner pronounced sentence.

Servey was found guilty in August 2017 of the following offenses:

– Rape Threat of Forcible Compulsion, Felony 1

– Statutory Sexual Assault: 11 Years Older, Felony 1

– Aggravated Indecent Assault – Complainant Less Than 16, Felony 2

– Corruption Of Minors – Defendant Age 18 or Above, Felony 3

– Indecent Assault Person Less 16 Yrs Age, Misdemeanor 2

He remains lodged in the Clarion County Jail and will be taken to the State Correctional Institution in Waynesburg, Greene County to serve his sentence.

Erich Spessard, Servey’s court-appointed attorney, argued for a lesser sentence, largely on the basis of his limited criminal record.

“Mr. Servey understands the seriousness of the charges and it is fair and just for the court to consider his limited criminal record and the face he has always been a hard-working person,” Spessard said. “He hopes to try and return to some normalcy in his life when he is done serving his time.”

However, Assistant District Attorney Drew Welsh disagreed with the notion that a minimal sentence would be sufficient.

“In my sentencing report, I asked for a sentence of 15 1/2 to 45 years in this case,” Welsh said. “He (Servey) took advantage of a 15-year-old child with a developmental disability. She will have to live with this for the rest of her life.”

Servey’s crimes are a Tier 3 sex offense and require that he will be registered for the rest of his life.

Servey was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Details of the case:

According to a previous article, Clarion-based State Police filed criminal charges against Thomas Servey, stemming from incidents that occurred at a residence in Beaver Township, Clarion County in 2016.

According to a criminal complaint, several state police troopers were dispatched to a residence on Knight School Road in Beaver Township for a report by a known woman who told police that “she found Servey in bed with a teen female victim.”

She also advised police that “Servey had barricaded himself inside his home and poured gasoline onto the front porch.”

During the investigation, the woman told police that “she had walked into the bedroom and found Servey and the victim unclothed and in bed having sexual intercourse. The victim ran from the bedroom, and the known woman drove the victim to a residence in Clarion Borough. The victim informed her that this is not the first time Servey has done this to her.”

The known woman returned to the residence, and before reaching the front deck, she could smell gasoline and saw a red gas can near the front door. She said that she walked into the residence to retrieve the dogs and spoke with Servey who was sitting on the bed allegedly holding a handgun.

She said Servey “told her that he had only did this one other time and that he knows what he has to do and told her to leave.”

Police approached the residence, but before reaching it, Servey was seen driving his 1993 Dodge truck toward the police, and upon seeing them, turned into a bean field. Servey ignored repeated attempts as troopers tried to make contact with him.

Servey drove through the field stopping several times to look at the patrol vehicle following him before stopping. Servey exited his vehicle and was told to raise his arms, at which time, “a shoulder holster could be seen on his person with a revolver inside.”

Servey was then arrested.


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