man sentenced to
35-70 years for attacking girl in public library
philadelphia - a homeless man who tried to
rape an 8-year-old girl and left her for dead in the bathroom of a
center city library has been sentenced to 35 to 70 years in
brian mccutchen, pleaded guilty last year to attempted murder,
attempted rape and related crimes for the feb. 7, 2004 attack at the
independence branch of the free library.
the girl was found unconscious and partially undressed, wedged
between a toilet and a wall. she was hospitalized in critical
"the violence of this crime is unspeakable. no words can describe
what this little girl went through ... it was an unfinished murder,"
assistant district attorney deborah harley told the judge.
"as soon as this little girl screamed, he grabbed her neck and
squeezed what he thought was the life out of her. and then, when she
was limp, he pulled down his pants, and pulled down her pants, and
tried to rape her," harley said.
harley said the girl, now 9, continues to be unable to dress and
feed herself and is afraid to be alone.
mccutchen cried as he addressed common pleas court judge pamela
pryor dembe, apologizing for his crime and asking for treatment.
dembe ordered mccutchen into sex-offender treatment in prison,
and to spend 10 years on probation after his release.
"he is horrifyingly dangerous to small, female children," dembe
said. "i need to make sure he can never do this again."
mccutchen had served six months for a july 2000 attack on a
9-year-old girl in a public restroom, and he had been repeatedly
kicked out of libraries for viewing pornography on the internet and