- A Gleason man convicted of child sexual assault will spend most of the rest of his life in prison. A jury found Richard Guite Sr. guilty in April.
Today's sentence happened because of a journal entry written four years ago by a girl who was raped. That journal was read, as journals often are, by the victim's siblings. That set into motion a case that ended today with Richard Guite Sr. sentenced to spend most of the rest of his life in prison.
"He constantly portrays his minor victims as willing participants," says Lincoln County Assistant District Attorney Kurt Zengler.
This is Guite Sr.'s third conviction for sex crimes against a child.
"This is thoroughly ingrained activity. He has no insight that this is wrong," says Zengler.
Zengler asked the judge to sentence Guite Sr. to 30 years in prison. But Defense Attorney Peter Rotter argued his client was innocent, and requested 25 years probation.
"It's one denail after another," says Judge Tlusty.
Judge Tlusty decided the risk of Guite repeating his crime is too high.
"Based upon the objectives and the facts of this case and all the factors that I've considered, and all the records and materials that have been indicated by the Court, this Court imposes a prison sentence consisting of 40 years. Thirty years of initial confinement and ten of extended supervision," says Judge Tlusty.
The journal entry that started all this, like an unknown number of others, could have been left unread, leaving justice unserved.
"Sexual assault non-reporting and delayed reporting is actually more normal than people that come forward. We had an expert witness testify in this case about how common it is, especially juvenile victims, not to come forward," says Zengler.
Zengler says there are some things they can do to protect privacy when a person comes forward as a victim of sexual assault. But there's nothing they can do to help you if you don't take that step.