A man charged with the rape of a 7-year-old girl pleaded guilty to the crime Tuesday in exchange for a plea deal that would allow him to avoid going to jail.
Charles A. Gould originally pleaded innocent to a felony charge of aggravated sexual assault against a victim under the age of 10 which prosecutors say took place in the year 2000.
But in exchange for a plea agreement — amending the charge to drop the aggravating factor, sentencing him to a jail term of two years and six months to seven years with all jail time suspended, and placing him on probation — Gould agreed to enter a guilty plea Tuesday.
The alleged rape was brought to the attention of police by a family member of the girl. But the woman, who was 18 before she told her story to police, didn’t initially want to talk to authorities, according to state police Detective Trooper Scott Dunlap.
By corroborating the woman’s story with the accounts of others who were present on the day of the assault, Dunlap said investigators were able to verify her story and build a case against Gould.
The 32-year-old Gould remains free on a $25,000 unsecured appearance bond pending his sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled.
Staff reportMORE IN Local & StatePITTSFORD — Dozens of puppies and grown dogs were brought to the Rutland County Humane Society... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.