Former Quincy chaplain sentenced to 26 years for sex crimes

QUINCY (WGEM) — A former chaplain at a Quincy nursing home who was accused of sexually abusing two residents as well as inappropriate sexual contact with underage female family members took a plea deal and was sentenced in both cases Monday afternoon.

According to court records, James Riley, 58, was sentenced to a total of 26 years in prison on multiple charges in both cases.

“If we were to take it to trial, I feel like we would have a very good case and would have very cooperative victims,” said Adams County Assistant State’s Attorney Anita Rodriguez. “The big thing about the negotiation is that none of these four victims will have to testify.”

In the case involving nursing home residents. He pleaded guilty to two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse of a Victim over 60.

Riley was sentenced to a total of 14 years in that case and given credit for 4 days previously served.

In another case, Riley pleaded guilty to Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and one count of Criminal Sexual Assault of a Family Member. Two other counts of Criminal Sexual Assault of a Family Member were dropped.

Riley was sentenced to 12 years in that case with credit given for 64 days previously served.

Riley was arrested June 24 and charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse of a person over 60 after officials at the Samaritan Home in Quincy contacted the Quincy Police Department and reported that a Chaplin had inappropriate sexual contact with some residents.

While conducting the investigation into Riley regarding the nursing home allegations, Quincy Police were made aware of other alleged inappropriate sexual contact with female family members under the ages of 18 and 13.

Riley was later arrested July 8, while out on bond, after the Quincy Police Department was made aware of alleged inappropriate sexual contact with two girls.

“He’s going to spend quite a bit of time in prison,” said Adams County State’s Attorney Gary Farha. “I don’t think he will ever see the light of freedom again and I don’t think he deserves to. After he does get out of prison, if he’s still alive, he’s looking very seriously at a civil commitment.”

If you or someone you know is a victim or has been a victim of sexual abuse, click here.

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