Second Perry brother charged with Bristol child molestation

Jesse Perry Jesse Perry

Photos by Rich Dionne, Jesse Perry is escorted into 6th Division District Court where he was arraigned on child molestation charges on Monday morning.

Photos by Rich Dionne
Jesse Perry is escorted into 6th Division District Court, where he was arraigned on child molestation charges on Monday morning.

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.

Richard Perry

Richard Perry

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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  1. Authentic18 said:

    It’s such a shame a great town like Bristol ignored the whispers and rumors for decades. This should never happen in ANY town.

    I only hopes it serves notice that, moving forward, whispers should not be ignored even though separating truth from rumors can be annoying. Especially when the truth is as painful as this.

    My late father insisted “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire” about these brothers, and he despised them intensely. He was a wise man.

    I hope the victims find peace.

    • Neil DeMello said:

      That may be what makes this tough for you personally, but what really makes this horrible is the fact that he worked closely around children for 30 years and if two victims have come forward there are surely more victims who have not been able to do so. Thinking of the innocence lost and irreparable damage done to fragile individuals. All we can hope is the more these stories arise, the more people will feel brave enough to come forward with their own stories and we can finally begin to eliminate this evil from society. Victims be brave to help prevent more victims!

  2. Matt Mosher said:

    Dan,

    This is a open forum, and anyone can say what they want. But this is not the time or place to sell dianascreen.com. Have some respect for my fellow Bristolians who got abused by these Monsters.
    Do you know the Perrys? Do you know they have been involved with Youth sports for over 30+yrs. How would your service help them back in the 80′s and 90′s?
    Your service is not relative to this case. This isn’t the place to promote this silly service that you may be making money off of..

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