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Child Molester Sentenced to State Prison

June 11, 2014
CLEARFIELD - Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that a Curwensville man has been sentenced to state prison for sexually assaulting a fourteen yearold male. Shaw identified the Defendant as Richard Coy Bennett, Jr., age 51, of McDivitt Road,Curwensville, Pennsylvania.

On April 26, 2013, Corporal Adam Gibson of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Bennett with: 1) Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, F1; 2) Statutory Sexual Assault, F1; 3) Sexual Assault, F2; 4) Corruption of Minors, F3; 5) Corruption of Minors, M1; 6) Indecent Assault, M2; and 7) Selling or Furnishing Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages to Minors, M3.

The Criminal Complaint provides that in March 2013, the Pennsylvania State Police began an investigation into the sexual assault of a male juvenile. Upon investigation it was found that while the victim was at Bennett’s residence, Bennett had pinned the victim down and sexually assaulted him. It was also found that Bennett was a friend of the victim’s family and had provided the victim alcohol on the night of the incident.

On February 26, 2014, the day prior to his scheduled jury trial, Bennett tendered an open plea of guilt to all charges, with all terms, including the sentence, to be determined by the Court.

On June 10, 2014, Bennett appeared before the Honorable Fredric J. Ammerman for the purposes of sentencing. Ammerman then sentenced Bennett to a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years incarceration in the State Prison System.

After Bennett was sentenced, Shaw stated that he was extremely pleased with Judge

Ammerman's sentence, and that a sentence of this magnitude conveys a strong message that this

type of inappropriate behavior will absolutely not be tolerated. Shaw also explained that Bennett

will be a lifetime sexual offender registrant under Megan’s Law. Shaw stated that protecting our

County’s youth will always remain one of the top priorities of the Clearfield County District Attorney's Office.

Shaw noted that the overwhelming majority of child sexual abuse victims are abused by someone they know and trust, and it is important for parents to encourage their children to know that they can talk to them about anything. Shaw emphasized that if you suspect a child has been sexually abused, report it immediately to law enforcement.

Shaw commended the Pennsylvania State Police for their investigation in this case.

Anyone with knowledge of a crime is asked to call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (800)-376-4700. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting the Clearfield County District Attorney web

site at "www.ClearfieldDA.org" and selecting "Report A Crime”.

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