A Town of Tonawanda man who had served as a sheriff's deputy in Florida was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for sexually molesting an 8-year-old Town of Tonawanda girl last April.
Richard A. Davis Jr., 38, of June Road, had pleaded guilty Jan. 9 to first-degree criminal sexual act.
Davis, a longtime acquaintance of the girl's mother, has been jailed since his arrest a day after the girl complained to her mother. Davis also was warned that he faces additional prison time should he contact the girl over the next 13 years.
Scott F. Riordan, deputy chief of the Erie County district attorney's Sex Crimes Bureau, said the mother contacted Town of Tonawanda police after the daughter told her Davis molested her in a Delaware Avenue motel.
The prosecutor said Davis pleaded guilty after being advised by the Erie County district attorney's office that authorities had DNA evidence.
State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges told David she was imposing a long sentence to ensure that for the next decade, Davis will "not be in the community, able to prey on any other children."
She rejected Davis' attempt to withdraw his plea on the claim that steroid use and possible mental problems affected his behavior. She also fined him $1,370.
Haendiges joined the victim's mother in calling the girl a "hero" for quickly complaining and possibly sparing other children from being victimized by Davis.
The mother denounced Davis as an incurable child molester who had devised a "calculated, well-thought-out plan" to molest her daughter.
Davis was fired from his job as a Niagara Power Project laborer after his arrest last year.
In court, he apologized to the victim's mother and told the judge, "I'm so sorry for my actions."
Riordan told the judge that Davis wrote his wife a letter months ago admitting the crime.