A defendant who pleaded guilty to sex crimes against a child faces up to 25 years in prison.
Donald Bridges, 60, admitted three crimes: criminal sexual act in the first degree, first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. He will be sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 4.
Bridges admitted sodomizing and sexually abusing a 6-year-old while baby-sitting him between November 2012 and December 2012. Prosecutors believe he threatened to hurt the child with a knife if he told anyone.
Eventually, the child told his first-grade teacher and a school counselor, who made a hotline call to Child Protective Services. The Buffalo Police Department’s Sex Offense Squad began a criminal investigation.
The child and his mother, however, left the Buffalo area to avoid being harassed by Bridges and his family members, according to statement from the District Attorney’s Office. State police and the district attorney’s investigators found them, and they cooperated in the investigation.