EASTON, Pa. | A Bethlehem man has admitted sexually assaulting a pair of women last year only two months apart, one of whom was asleep on a couch.
Damion Burgos on Friday pleaded guilty in Northampton County Court to sexually assaulting one woman in September 2018 inside her Hellertown Road home and a second woman inside his Hillmond Street apartment in November 2018. As part of a negotiated plea, the 28-year-old pleaded guilty to a felony count of aggravated indecent assault without consent and a misdemeanor count of indecent assault without consent.
The prosecution agreed to withdraw eight other charges, including rape and sexual assault. The plea deal does not include an agreement between the two sides on a sentence. The felony count of aggravated indecent assault carries a standard range sentence of up to 42 months in state prison.
On Friday, Burgos answered only “yes” and “no” questions and admitted to the crimes read aloud in court by the prosecution. Northampton County Judge Stephen Baratta accepted the plea and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation, a psychosexual evaluation and a sexually violent predator assessment. Whatever the sentence, Burgos will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.
The judge set a tentative sentencing date for Feb. 5.
Authorities initially charged Burgos in connection with the Nov. 2, 2018, assault at the victim’s Hellertown Road home. In that case, the victim told authorities that she had been at a Bethlehem bar with a friend earlier in the night, where she met Burgos for the first time. The three went to the Hellertown Road about 2 a.m.
The woman reported that she was intoxicated and tired, so she fell asleep in the basement. She reportedly woke up to someone behind her pulling down her pants, according to records. The victim told police that Burgos sexually assaulted her.
She told police that she kept telling Burgos, "No," but that he kept attacking her. He finally stopped after the victim called her friend, who told Burgos to leave the house.
While Burgos was in custody for the Nov. 2 assault, authorities charged him in connection with a Sept. 2, 2018, assault in his Hillmond Street apartment. The victim in that case accused Burgos of assaulting her after meeting at a different Bethlehem bar.
The victim, who knew Burgos, told investigators that she and another friend agreed to go to Burgos' apartment after leaving the bar. When the friend went to the bathroom, Burgos reportedly kissed the woman, who pulled away because she had a boyfriend. That's when Burgos allegedly forced his hand down the victim's pants, according to records.
Burgos remains in county jail after failing to post $80,000 bail.