At a hearing Monday in Hampshire County Superior Court, 55-year-old Richard Shephard pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under fourteen.
Back on March 15, 2011, Shephard allegedly touched a seven year old girl at the Cummington Creamery. He was indicted and arraigned on the one charge in November 2011.
Assistant District Attorney Linda Pisano says that there was never disagreement whether Shephard had touched the victim, but instead, there was disagreement over which part of her body was touched.
After his guilty plea, Shephard, who is a British citizen illegally in the United States, was sentenced to 279 days in the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction.
That sentence is equal to the amount of time Shephard has already served in jail.
With the Massachusetts case resolved, Shephard now faces federal charges for coming back to the U.S. after being deported.
“The Commonwealth and victim’s family believe that this is the best resolution of the case based on the fact that the defendant is facing federal charges for illegal re-entry into the United States after he had been deported for a sexual assault in New Jersey for which he served prison time prior to his deportation,” Assistant District Attorney Linda Pisano told the court Monday.
Shephard was deported following that prison sentence in New Jersey. He was then arrested again in Florida, and has an outstanding warrant from the State of Rhode Island for his arrest.