Child Molester Sentenced to State Prison
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,
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.
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.
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
"www.ClearfieldDA.org" and selecting "Report A Crime”.