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Former Children's Home employee guilty of sex assault avoids state prison

Troy Bussey will undergo sex offender treatment

EASTON, Pa. - A former Children’s Home staff member accused of having sex with three teenage residents avoided a state prison sentence as part of a negotiated plea.

Northampton County Judge Kimberly McFadden on Friday sentenced Troy Bussey to 12 to 24 months minus one day in Northampton County Prison in exchange for a guilty plea to three felony counts of institutional sex assault.

She ordered that he serve the sentences concurrently along with five years probation as requested by Assistant District Attorney Laura Majewski. Bussey has been classified as a sexually violent predator and faces a lifetime Megan’s Law registration as a sex offender.

Majewski requested the lengthy probationary period because Bussey used his position of authority at the Children’s Home of Easton to prey on his victims and his sex offender assessment showed “highly predatory behavior.”

Defense attorney Matthew Potts said his client agreed to a plea deal with the former prosecutor who handled the case in large part because of the county prison sentence.

It’s not unusual that prosecutors seek state prison terms because services like sex offender treatment or addiction counseling are not available in county jail. It’s likely a plea deal was struck in Bussey’s case to spare the young victims from testifying against their attacker.

Majewski said the court will require Bussey to undergo sex offender treatment as part of his probation once he’s release from county jail.

The judge was emphatically clear with Bussey that he must adhere to all the conditions set as part of his sentence. She noted that the 34-year-old had also worked at the Crayola Factory along with the Children’s Home.

“Those days are done,” McFadden said. “You’ll have no access to anyone under 18.”

Bussey will be monitored via GPS tracking for at least 180 days following his release, and he’ll be required as a registered sex offender to report quarterly to an approved registration site. If he were to have no address, he’d be required to report every 30 days.

“If you violate anyone one of these conditions, pack your toothbrush because you’re going to state prison,” McFadden said.

Bussey apologized to the court for the “dumb decisions” he made and vowed never to repeat them having reached the lowest point in his life. He told the judge that he didn’t agree with being deemed a sexually violent predator, but was willing to accept the decision because there was nothing he could do about it.

McFadden was quick to interject that Bussey had the right to hire an expert and fight the designation. Potts, meanwhile, said he discussed the issue with his client and is comfortable not challenging the assessment.

Bussey had also faced charges that included statutory sexual assault, child endangerment, indecent assault and corruption of minors.

Authorities accused Bussey of having sexual relationships with three girls – ages 17, 17 and 16 – between 2013 and 2015.

One victim reported having a relationship with Bussey after her arrival at the Wilson Borough facility in 2013. They allegedly had sex at least 10 times on Children’s Home property over a two-year period. A second victim reported she and Bussey would “play fight,” which eventually lead to him grabbing her and sexually assaulting her, according to records.

Authorities said the third victim reported she too would “play fight” with Bussey, which eventually led to sex. The girl told investigators he allegedly ended a relationship with one girl to begin a relationship with her.

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