LIVINGSTON COUNTY – An Avon man was sentenced to state prison on Tuesday after he admitted to having sex with his adopted child, who was under age 17 at the time.
Richard Cassada, 61, stood quietly alongside his attorney, Matthew Parrinello, as he was sentenced to 1 1/2 years for Rape in the Third Degree, an E felony, his second sex offense against a minor in nine years.
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“These allegations are extremely troubling, given the defendant’s close relationship with the victim,” said DA McCaffrey. “It is with great apprehension that we accept this offer. Had the victim been more able to recall details from incidents that likely stem from two to three years before the dates in the indictment, the charges could have been different. The defendant is an absolute predator and groomed this victim. My personal belief is that he should have no access to children ever ever again.”
The child no longer lives with Cassada. A complete stayaway order of protection has been issued for the victim.
According to the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services, Cassada was convicted of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a B misdemeanor, in 2006, and is currently a level 2 sex offender, considered at a moderate risk to re-offend.
“These are very similar charges to what he faced in 2006,” said Assistant District Attorney Josh Tonra in response to a previous bail request. “The victim is another one of his children.”
DA McCaffrey said that this sentence will likely mean that Cassada will be a level 3 sex offender for life after his release.
Back in July, Cassada pled guilty and was released pending sentencing by Judge Robert Wiggins. A week later, Livingston County Probation found that he had stopped by a Mount Morris restaurant for a beer after an approved visit to his child by Hillside Family of Agencies, and he was remanded to the Livingston County Jail.