NORRISTOWN — As courtroom spectators grimaced when they heard the details of his crime, a 69-year-old Wallingford man admitted to having indecent contact with a 10-year-old girl in Lower Providence.
Richard Craig Wolbers, of the 200 block of North Providence Road, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court on Thursday to felony charges of indecent assault, corruption of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with an October 2018 incident at a Lower Providence residence he was visiting.
With the charges, prosecutors alleged Wolbers kissed the girl using his tongue and touched her in an inappropriate manner while she was in his company at a residence in the Trooper section of Lower Providence on Oct. 7, 2018.
As #MontcoPa courtroom spectators grimaced when they heard the details of his crime, a 69-year-old #Wallingford #Delco man admitted to having indecent contact with a 10-year-old girl in #LowerProvidence.— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) May 16, 2019
“This conduct was for the purpose of your own sexual gratification, is that correct?” county Deputy District Attorney Samantha Cauffman asked Wolbers in court.
“Yes,” Wolbers responded.
A hush came over the packed courtroom as Cauffman provided Judge Todd D. Eisenberg with a factual account of the incident and the sometimes graphic details drew quiet gasps from some shocked spectators who were in court for other matters.
Richard Craig Wolbers, 69, of #Wallingford, #Delco pleaded guilty in #MontcoPa #Court to felony charges of indecent assault, corruption of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with October 2018 incident at a #LowerProvidence residence he was visiting.— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) May 16, 2019
Eisenberg deferred sentencing Wolbers so that court officials can complete a background investigation report about Wolbers. The judge permitted Wolbers to remain free on bail pending a sentencing hearing later this year.
Wolbers, who was represented by defense lawyer Joseph Lesniak, of Media, faces a possible maximum sentence of 10½-to-21 years in prison on the charges. However, state sentencing guidelines could allow for a lesser sentence.
As a result of his guilty plea, Wolbers also faces a 25-year requirement to report his address to state police in order to comply with Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act.
“This conduct was for the purpose of your own sexual gratification, is that correct?” #MontcoPa Deputy District Attorney Samantha Cauffman asked Richard Wolbers in #court.“Yes,” Wolbers responded after he pleaded guilty to indecent assault of 10 yo girl— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) May 16, 2019
An investigation of Wolbers began on Oct. 9, 2018, when Lower Providence police received a report that the child had been molested while in Wolbers’ company.
The victim reported the incident to her parents and the victim’s sibling told the parents she witnessed the incident and that Wolbers was “treating (the victim) like a girlfriend,” according to the criminal complaint filed by Lower Providence Detective Scott A. Dreibelbis.
The victim subsequently was interviewed by authorities.
“The information provided by the child victim during the interview was consistent with what was initially reported to the parents on October 8, 2018,” Dreibelibis wrote in the criminal complaint.