- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A former caregiver for a St. Mary’s organization assisting disabled people has pleaded guilty to abuse of a vulnerable adult and committing a third-degree sexual offense.
John Waring Raley, 57, remained free on bond after last week’s plea hearing until a sentencing hearing scheduled for July. A lawyer said in court that sentencing guidelines call for Raley to receive between probation and three years for each offense, and Raley’s plea agreement calls for those sentences to run concurrently with each other.
Detectives filed initial district court charging papers last spring alleging that Raley, while a support services specialist at The Center for Life Enrichment in Hollywood, performed sexual acts in a bathroom at the Leonardtown Wharf, a bathroom at Dorsey Park and in a trailer on a man who lived in a group home, when not participating in daytime activities organized by Raley.
Visiting Circuit Judge Sean D. Wallace asked Raley during the May 1 plea hearing, “Are you pleading guilty to these charges because you are in fact guilty of these charges?”
“Yes, your honor,” Raley replied.
“You will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life,” the judge said.
“I understand, your honor,” Raley said.
St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Julie White told the judge that police went to a United Cerebral Palsy group home in the county in May 2011, and that the 30-year-old resident reported that Raley had performed sexual acts on him several times. The prosecutor said Raley made a statement that he had twice engaged in that conduct with the victim.
“Is that what happened?” Wallace asked.
Robert Bonsib, Raley’s lawyer, responded, “He acknowledges one act in April of 2010 ... with the victim in this case.”
“That is correct, your honor,” Raley said.
Wallace ordered that a presentence investigation by the state division of parole and probation include a mental health assessment “to determine if Mr. Raley is a danger to himself or others.”
The Center for Life Enrichment’s executive director last spring said that Raley was fired on the same day as his arrest, and that the organization already had commenced its own investigation shortly after being notified by police of their initial contact with the victim.
The director said the organization does criminal background checks on prospective employees.
Dameron sex abuser sentenced to 15 years
In a separate matter, George Leonard Frye, 64, of Dameron was sentenced on April 27 to serve 15 years in prison from his guilty plea to a sexual abuse offense, amended to include two victims.
St. Mary’s detectives filed charging papers last fall alleging that Frye unlawfully fondled two pre-teenage girls in 2005.
St. Mary’s Circuit Judge Michael Stamm sentenced Frye to 20 years in prison, suspended to the 15-year term with five years of supervised probation. The judge ordered that Frye register as a lifetime sexual offender and have no contact with any children.