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Molester's sentence: 150 days for Kingman man

Richard Gilbert

Richard Gilbert

KINGMAN - A 46-year-old man who pleaded guilty to charges that he molested a young girl over a period of several years was sentenced Friday to 150 days in prison.

Richard Gilbert was also placed on probation for the rest of his life and will be required to register as a sex offender.

The victim, now 18, went to police earlier this year and told them she was coming forward out of fear that the same thing would happen to her 6-year-old sister.

Prosecutors said Gilbert admitted that he touched the girl over a period of time that ended four years ago when she was 14. Family members allegedly knew about the abuse and confronted Gilbert several years ago but did not contact authorities.

Gilbert pleaded guilty to one count of attempted molestation of a child. His attorney, Lee Novak, said Gilbert acknowledged the seriousness of what he did and has been determined by doctors to be a low risk to re-offend. He added that Gilbert was ashamed of what he had done and has taken his counseling seriously.

Gilbert himself spoke briefly at the hearing and said he has done everything asked of him by the court. Under the plea agreement, Judge Derek Carlisle had the option of imposing up to 365 days in jail or none at all. After ordering the 150 days he also ordered Gilbert to perform 400 hours community service.

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