A Malta man accused of molesting four children was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison.
Richard J. Oddy II, 41, of Avenue F, Malta Gardens, also was sentenced to 20 years of post-release supervision after the victims’ families asked Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry J. Scarano for a long term of supervision.
“I feel … he will be a constant threat to other children,” the father of one of the children wrote in a letter special prosecutor Jessica Lorusso read before Oddy’s sentencing.
Scarano noted Oddy will be 75 when the post-release supervision period ends.
“I do find that to be sufficient,” he said.
The judge also ordered Oddy to pay $1,475 in fines and court costs, have no contact with the complainants for 22 years and register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.
The mother of one of the children said after the sentencing her daughter suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and nightmares and still sees a counselor once a week.
“Her fear of him coming back and hurting her is really high,” the mother said. “She’s afraid of him, but she feels safe knowing he’s going to jail.”
The woman and her daughter, now 12, watched as law enforcement officials led Oddy out of the courtroom for his incarceration. He had been free on $10,000 bail since his November 2011 arrest. He leaned heavily on a cane as he walked.
Oddy’s father, who is also named Richard Oddy, said afterward his son has suffered from multiple disabilities since birth and has a “lack of maturity” but isn’t an abuser.
“Richie got interrogated, and he wasn’t smart enough to defend himself,” his father said. “I think the sentence he got is very unfair.”
Richard Oddy II also asserted his innocence to Scarano.
“I never meant to hurt anybody,” he said. “I’m not this monster that they’re making me out to be. I have no criminal history of any kind.”
Family members of one of the children grumbled in dissent after he spoke.
Lorusso told Scarano that Oddy violated a previous protection order by showing up at public places where the children were.
Oddy’s defense attorney, Terence Kindlon, said if Oddy did appear in the same public places as the children, they were “inadvertent, coincidental situations” rather than deliberate acts.
The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office started investigating Oddy after one of the children told her mother she had been molested. Three more children were identified as victims as the investigation progressed.
They each knew Oddy at the time of the incidents and were abused at his home over several months, authorities have said. The two youngest victims were 9.
Oddy pleaded guilty in May to one count of first-degree criminal sex act.
Lorusso, of the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, was appointed as special prosecutor after a former attorney for Oddy took a job in the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office.
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