By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

Teddy Bernard, 50, convicted of child rape, other charges in Lancaster County

Teddy Bernard, 50, convicted of child rape, other charges in Lancaster County

Lancaster, PA

A Lancaster man has been convicted on all counts for  sexual abuse of a preteen girl several years ago at a Lancaster apartment. Teddy Bernard, 50, will be sentenced in January following a pre-sentence investigation.

The jury deliberated for several hours over two days before deciding the case on the afternoon of October 31, 2019. Bernard was found guilty of rape of a child, six other felonies and a misdemeanor. Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield presented evidence during the three-day trial that Bernard abused the girl in 2010, when the victim was 8,  at an apartment in the 700 block of Union Street.

Mansfield told jurors  the victim had absolutely no motive to create a false allegation; Bernard had not been in her life for years. Bernard was an acquaintance of the girl’s mother at the time of the abuse. Lancaster city police started an investigation late last year upon receiving information from Children & Youth Services.

Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Judge Donald Totaro presided over the trial and will determine sentence. Judge Totaro raised Bernard’s bail to $1 million pending sentencing. Bernard remains lodged at the Lancaster County Prison unable to meet bail.