Photo: Livingston County Sheriff’s Department
Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigators Josh Monster and Dan Rittenhouse arrested Richard L. Christiano, 57 of Avon, NY after an investigation that Christiano allegedly raped a young girl. That investigation revealed that Christiano for a period of over 6 years, and by his own voluntary statement to investigators, had over 300 encounters with the child starting when she was only 7 years old.
Christiano knew the child’s mother. The mother told investigators she was aware of what was happening, but that if she did anything, Christiano would say that she was involved and she would lose her daughter. The mother is not currently facing any charges.
Christiano has been charged with Rape in the 1st degree (a class B Felony), Predatory sexual assault against a child (a class A-II Felony), and Course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree (a class B Felony).
The “Predatory Sexual Assault against a child” charge is the most serious crime of the three (A-II Felony) and of itself can carry a prison sentence of 10 to 25 years if found guilty.
Christiano was arraigned in the Avon Village Court and sent to the Livingston County Jail with no possibility of bail. Case workers with the Livingston County Child Protective Services and the Livingston County District Attorney’s office also was involved in the investigation.
Sheriff Tom Dougherty says the investigation continues to see if there are potentially more victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department at 243-7100