BANGOR — A man who pleaded guilty to sex crimes against a minor was sentenced at the Penobscot County Judicial Center Friday.
Richard Watson, 36, received 22 years in prison for charges of gross sexual assault with a child, unlawful sexual contact, visual sexual aggression and perjury.
Court records show that Watson’s victim was 10 years old when the crimes took place in 2014.
Watson was originally tried and found guilty in 2015 but his conviction was later overturned by the state supreme court.
The court ruled that Watson had received ineffective counsel during his original trial.
Watson opted to plead guilty to the crimes rather than go through another trial.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Almy said he is satisfied with the sentence.
“Today was 22 years because the state was interested in getting this case done and we made an offer of 22 years if he were to plead guilty and that’s what happened,” Almy said.
Watson addressed the court, asking for a shorter sentence. He compared his crimes to others tried in the past who received lesser penalties.
The victim also spoke stating she will have a difficult time trusting anyone again after what she went through.