Bail reduction denied for alleged sex offender

A Youngsville man charged with raping an 8-year-old girl has had a request for bail reduction denied.

Richard M. Bailey, 36, 17 Frontier Drive, remains in the Warren County Jail on $100,000 bail.

The motion for bail modification was before Judge Gregory Hammond on Tuesday during a very brief argument.

Bailey is charged with rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault — complainant less than 13, and indecent assault — person less than 13 and indecent exposure.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the alleged victim told her mother that Bailey had made her touch his penis the night before.

The girl underwent a forensic interview the next day through Warren Forest Children and Youth Services.

According to the affidavit, the victim detailed several instances of sexual contact over a period of about two weeks, and said that Bailey had taken pictures of her during some of the incidents.

The maximum penalties total 40 years in prison and fines of $70,000.

Chief Public Defender John Parroccini said he filed the motion at the request his client, that the motion speaks for itself and offered no further comment. District Attorney Rob Greene said that this was not the first time that Bailey has been charged for sexual contact with a minor and added that, if anything, the current bail amount is low.

Online court records show that Bailey pled no contest in 2007 to charges of indecent assault person less than 16 years of age and indecent exposure and was sentenced to 10-24 months in prison.

In exchange for that plea, 10 counts, including four of criminal attempt – rape of a child, were not prosecuted.

In denying Parroccini’s motion, Hammond said, “in light of the serious charges” and the past record of assaulting a minor child that the bail amount was appropriate.