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Wayne Post
  • Baby’s internal injuries lead to sexual abuse charges

  • Richard J. Dallas, 24, of 8 Rice St., was charged Dec. 16 with predatory sexual assault against a child, a Class A violent felony. 

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  • A Lyons man was indicted today by a Wayne County grand jury after hearing evidence of sexual assault to an infant that required surgery to repair internal damage.
    Richard J. Dallas, 24, of 8 Rice St., was charged Dec. 16 with predatory sexual assault against a child, a Class A violent felony.  
    According to the indictment Dallas “engaged in anal sexual conduct with a 9-month-old female child.”
    There were seven additional counts, ranging from second-degree aggravated sexual abuse to endangering the welfare of a child.
    “I really can’t think of any words to describe how awful this is,” said Wayne County District Attorney Richard Healy, who presented the evidence to the grand jury.
    In the indictment, Dallas allegedly “created a grave risk of death to another person ... for the purpose ... of his own direct sexual gratification.”
    Based on the indictment, a Superior Court warrant was issued by Wayne County Justice Daniel Barrett. Dallas was immediately arrested by Lyons Police at about 11:45 this morning at the Wayne County Hall of Justice. He pleaded “not guilty” at his arraignment today before Wayne County Justice Dennis Kehoe and was sent to the Wayne County jail on no bail. Healy said Dallas “was not a stranger to the victim.” He has no prior record, Healy said, adding that they believe this incident was a “first-time event.”
    “This case was difficult from the beginning in that we were dealing with a victim that could not speak for herself,” Lyons Police Chief Richard Bogan said. “It was also an emotional case for the officers involved because of the depravity of the allegations.”
    According to a press release issued today by Bogan, on the afternoon of Nov. 30, Lyons Ambulance responded to an illness call on Rice Street.  
    The call was for a 9-month-old baby with trouble breathing. The child’s mother was not home at the time of the incident, Healy said.
    Ambulance personnel, Bogan stated, observed that the child might have a more serious condition. She was initially treated at Newark Wayne Community Hospital and then sent to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where she remains recovering from her injuries. Healy said the baby is expected to stay in the hospital for another week and a half.
    The little girl currently requires a colostomy bag and additional surgeries will be required to repair more damage, Healy said. Any lifelong residual effects of the assault are unknown at this time.
    On Thursday, Dec. 1, medical staff at Strong sent a report to Wayne County Child Protective Services and the Lyons Police Department stating that “the patient had suffered severe internal injuries as the result of a sexual assault.”
    While repairing the injuries suffered by the infant, surgeons were able to recover significant evidence, Bogan stated, which was turned over to police.  
    Page 2 of 2 - Lyons police immediately began an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the Nov. 30 ambulance call.
    “This case was a priority for us from the minute we were first notified,” Bogan said. “Our officers meticulously built a very solid case, based on physical evidence and witness interviews.”
    Search warrants were issued for the Rice Street home, resulting in the collection of additional physical evidence, Bogan said. All evidence was submitted either to the Monroe County Public Safety Lab or the New York State Police Lab for testing. Police also interviewed several people associated with the baby and potential witnesses to the circumstances leading up to the assault, Bogan said. Wayne County Sheriff’s investigators and Newark Police assisted in the investigation.
    Two other children, ages 3 and 6, were removed from the home by Child Protective Services.
    Healy said that in a case this serious, he does not anticipate offering a plea to lesser charges. If convicted of the most charges, Dallas faces a minimum of 10 years to life and a maximum of 25 years to life in state prison.
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