Oregon man won't serve prison time for assaulting boys in Maine

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - An Oregon man won't have to serve any time in prison for sexually assaulting two boys under age 14 in the 1980s in Maine.

69 year old Richard Bailey of West Lake, Oregon, pleaded no contest to 40 counts of sexual assault against two boys in the Bangor area in the 1980s.

The boys were 12 and 14 when Bailey began abusing them. The abuse continued for many years.

Baily will not serve any prison time, but was sentenced to 18 years on probation.

Superior Court Justice William Anderson declared the plea agreement to be "unsatisfactory" but ultimately accepted it.

Bailey, who was charged in April 2017 in Maine, said he accepted the plea deal because of ill health.

"Unfortunately sometimes we're required to do plea agreements in some cases," said Assistant District Attorney Marianne Lynch. "There are significant proof problems, there are times that we think a jury might struggle with a particular case, and in this case since there had been such a long passage of time, we're always concerned about it. What this sentence does accomplish is it validated what happened to these boys, when they were boys, these men now have some validation in there life."

A prosecutor told the judge that neither victim - one of whom is serving a 45-year sentence for murder - wanted to testify at a trial.

Bailey, who now lives in Oregon, will also have to register as a sex offender in Maine.