Allentown rapist sentenced to 21 years in prison

Posted at 3:02 PM, Dec 03, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-28 15:02:52-05

A teenager who terrorized the Allentown neighborhood, raping three separate women, was sentenced Wednesday to 21 years in prison for each count of the three counts against him. The sentences will run concurrently.

Dionte Cooper pleaded guilty in September to raping three women during a one-week period in late June, early July in the Allentown neighborhood. The 16-year-old attacked the women as they left area nightclubs and bars, dragging them into alleys before sexually assaulting them.

The attacks began three days after Cooper ran away from the Baker Victory Home. Police were able to use a cell phone Cooper stole from one of his victims to link him to the crimes.

One of his victims spoke in court about the horror she felt this past summer in Allentown. No cameras were allowed in court to protect her identity, but her statement brought many in the courtroom to tears. The victim said she is glad Cooper stole her cell phone, allowing police to hone in on him.

After sentencing, Cooper's mother spoke to reporters. She defended her son, saying he is not a bad kid.