A Springville man who is a repeat child sex offender expressed his fears of being raped and possibly killed in prison as a judge sentenced him Wednesday to 10 years in prison for molesting a 10-year-old boy eight years after he had sexually assaulted the same boy.
John Bremiller, 31, told Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drury, "I guarantee it won't happen again," as the judge noted this was his fifth sex offense -- including two involving the same Buffalo boy -- in the past 12 years.
At the request of defense lawyer Joseph Terranova, the judge said he will direct state prison officials to ensure "measures are taken to safeguard" Bremiller.
Scott F. Riordan, assistant chief of the Erie County district attorney's Sexual Assault Bureau, told the judge the victim --molested by Bremiller during a July 4 house party two years ago -- and his family have moved to Virginia.
But Terranova noted the victim's father had made what Terranova considered legitimate "threats" to harm Bremiller, and he urged the judge to try to invoke some "special security" measures for Bremiller in prison.
The judge, noting Erie County probation officers who dealt with the case found Bremiller to be "a sexual predator of the worst kind" conceded Bremiller's learning disabilities might prevent him from clearly understanding his problems.