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Bailey sent to state prison for sexual assault

A Youngsville man faces years in state prison for sexually assaulting an eight-year-old.

Richard M. Bailey, 36, was sentenced on a count of aggravated indecent assault without consent – a first-degree felony – by Judge Gregory Hammond on Monday morning.

Bailey was charged in June 2018 by Pennsylvania State Police after the victim told her mother that Bailey had made her touch his penis the night before, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

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 that Bailey had taken pictures of her during some of the incidents.

Bailey’s attorney, Chief Public Defender John Parroccini said he is “not going to suggest (this is not) a terrible offense. It is.”

But, he argued, Bailey didn’t want the victim to have to undergo the stress and trauma of a trail.

District Attorney Rob Greene asked for a no contact and no trespass order for the victim and told the court that a victim impact statement from the eight-year-old victim’s father asked for incarceration for as long as possible.

Greene then asked for the longest state prison sentence possible.

Hammond said the father detailed the problems the child has faced since the assault and told Bailey that the effects would be life-long.

“Unfortunately, that’s the way it works,” Hammond said. “Your harm has extended to her entire family. Everything that makes a kid a kid and makes a child happy” Bailey took away.

Hammond said that Bailey also was convicted of indecent assault in 2007.

“The harm you’ve caused the victim is going to last a lifetime,” he reiterated, noting that the sentence was issued in the aggravated range due to the age of the victim, the amount of trauma and harm caused and that this is not his first sexual assault conviction.

Hammond told him this makes him a Tier III sexual offender, which will require lifetime registration with the Pennsylvania State Police.

He asked Bailey if Bailey read the notification of hs registration requirements. Bailey said he initialed each one but indicated he had not read them all.

“You’re going to have time to do that,” Hammond said.

Bailey was sentenced to 90 months to 180 months in state prison with credit for 330 days time served, $2,625 in fines and fees, a no contact/trespass order, submission of a DNA sample and completion of sexual offender counseling prior to release. He is not boot camp or recidivism risk reduction incentive eligible.

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