NORRISTOWN — A Skippack man admitted to sexually assaulting an underage boy on multiple occasions and now awaits his fate from a judge.

Dean Walter Riley Jr., 66, of the 2000 block of Fort Bevon Road, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to charges of rape, aggravated indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with incidents that occurred while the boy was in his company at various times in Lower Salford and Worcester townships.

The assaults occurred between 1997 and 2001 when the boy was between the ages of 4 and 8, according to court papers. At the time of the incidents, Riley was between 44-and-48-years-old, court papers indicate.

Judge Risa Vetri Ferman deferred sentencing until a later date. Riley faces a possible maximum sentence of 18½-to-32-years in prison on the charges. However, state sentencing guidelines could allow for a lesser sentence.

Riley was permitted to remain free on bail pending his sentencing hearing.

Regardless the sentence he receives from the judge, Riley faces a lifetime requirement to report his address to state police in order to comply with Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act.

An investigation of Riley began in August 2018 when state police at Skippack received information from ChildLine on behalf of an adult male victim who disclosed past sexual assaults by Riley, according to the criminal complaint filed by state police and Lower Salford police.

The victim subsequently gave police a written statement in which he said Riley touched him in a sexual manner and had other sexual contact with him while he was in Riley’s company on multiple occasions. The victim told police he told Riley “to stop” during the assaults but Riley ignored the pleas, according to the criminal complaint.

Police alleged Riley also gave the child alcoholic beverages to consume during the assaults.

In exchange for his guilty plea, other charges of statutory sexual assault, indecent assault of a child and corruption of a minor are to be dismissed against Riley at time of sentencing.

Assistant District Attorney Bridget Gallagher is prosecuting the case. Defense lawyer David Ennis represents Riley.

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