LIVINGSTON COUNTY — Foster parent Richard Cassada, 60, made his first court appearance since being arrested on sexual molestation charges, and it didn’t go so well for him.
Cassada, appeared in front of Livingston County Judge Robert Wiggins along with Public Defender Marcea Clak Tetamore, who requested that his bail be reduced from the set amount of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.
“These are very similar charges to what he faced in 2006,” said Assistant District Attorney Josh Tonra in response to the request. “The victim is another one of his children.”
Judge Robert Wiggins asked for clarification on the number of children still in the home, and if the alleged victim was still living there. According to Tetamore, two of his children, ages 18 and 20, are living there but the alleged victim who was a foster child is no longer living in the residence.
After a long, thoughtful pause, Judge Wiggins refused to reduce the bail amount, and Cassada was walked back to the jail in the chain gang.
Cassada is still held in the Livingston County Jail on $25,000 bail or $50,000 bond.
PHOTO CAPTION: Cassada being walked from court back to his jail cell. (Photo/Josh Williams)