The non-jury trial started Tuesday and ended Thursday with Judge Dennis Kehoe announcing his decision at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The verdict, guilty on six of eight counts against Richard Dallas.
On November 30, 2011, Lyons Ambulance responded to an illness call from a distraught mother at a residence on Rice Street in the Village of Lyons. The call was for her 9 month old baby girl having with trouble breathing.
Alert ambulance staff observed the child may possibly have a more serious condition and the baby ended up at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. The child had suffered severe internal injuries as the result of a sexual assault. Surgeons, while performing surgery were able to recover significant evidence which was turned over to police.
The Dallas defense team consisted of local attorneys Bruce Chambers and James DePoint who called no witnesses for and reportedly attempted circumstantial evidence and the chain of evidence in defense of their client. “They tried everything and anything,” said Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy. Healy and Assistant District Attorney Chris Bokelman called forensic scientists, doctors, police and civilian witnesses for the prosecution.
After the evidence was heard by a Wayne County Grand Jury in December of 2011. Dallas, age 24, formerly of Rice Street in the Village of Lyons, was indicted for Predatory Sexual Assault against a Child, a Class A-II violent felony. The indictment stated that Dallas “engaged in anal sexual conduct with a nine month old female child.” Seven additional counts, ranging from Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the second degree to Endangering the Welfare of a Child were also charged.
Initially, Dallas tried to pin the crime on another individual, but eventually gave an explanation to police that he just inserted his finger in the girl’s anal cavity to “help her poop”. The court decision on Friday found that more than a finger was inserted into the baby.
Dallas was cleared on two charges of Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree and found guilty of six charges, including the most serious charges of Predatory Sexual Assault in the 1st Degree. He was found guilty of using his penis in a anal assault on the little girl.
According to sources, Dallas and the baby’s mother are not married. He reportedly has two children with another partner.
The baby girl, now 15 months old, spent 3-4 months on a colostomy bag. “The good news is that a doctor has now indicated the baby will make a full recovery. Reconstructive surgery was successful A local pediatrician saw the girl three weeks ago and she is doing fine,” said Healy.
The baby has been in foster care since the reporting of the incident, pending family court actions against the child’s mother for neglect/abuse.
Under the more serious convictions, Dallas faces a minimum 15 years to life and a maximum of 25 years to life. He will be sentenced on July 17th.