While alleged child molester Richard Perry remains at the Adult Correctional Institute awaiting a bail hearing scheduled for Friday, Jan. 10, his brother, Jesse S. Perry of Fall River was arrested on Friday, Jan. 4, charged with one count of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree sexual assault.
On Monday morning, Jan. 7, Jesse Perry, 59, was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court, where Judge William Clifton read the charges against him.
Judge Clifton remanded Mr. Perry to the Adult Correctional Institute, held without bail, until his bail hearing, which is scheduled for Friday, Jan.18.
Jesse Perry was arrested Friday evening by Middletown Police Department on an affidavit warrant issued by Bristol Police. He was transported to the Bristol Police Department for processing before he was taken to the ACI to await this morning’s arraignment.
Both Richard and Jesse Perry now face first- and second-degree sexual assault charges. The brothers, who lived in Bristol for many years, chose careers where they worked alongside children. Richard retired from the Bristol Warren Regional School District in 1997 after working as a teacher’s aid and custodian, as well as serving in other capacities where he counseled students who were truant or had other disciplinary concerns.
Jesse Perry retired from the Dighton Rehoboth Regional School District in the spring of 2012 after a 30-year career, working at Dighton Middle School as a math teacher.
Throughout the 1970, 1980s and into the 1990s, both brothers worked in youth programs. Together, they worked as camp counselors at the Bristol YMCA, and, along with a third brother, Jack, were active in local youth sports, including the King Philip Little League and the Mustangs Pop Warner football league.
Evidence collected by Bristol Police and Rhode Island State Police was brought to the Rhode Island Attorney General, who found sufficient evidence to merit a grand jury review. Given the nature of the crimes and where they allegedly took place, State Police were called upon to assist in the investigation.
After a grand jury indicted Richard Perry on charges of first- and second-degree child molestation, Mr. Perry hired Paul Dimaio, a criminal defense attorney who has 40 years experience in defending alleged sex offenders. Mr. Dimaio is now representing both brothers.
Charges against Jesse Perry were brought after a victim told Bristol Police of his experiences with Mr. Perry and was willing to assist in the prosecution.
A pre-trial conference will be held on Jan. 16 for Richard Perry. Both brothers are being held at the ACI.
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