A former Bethel foster parent has pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual abuse of a minor.
Peter Tony, 70, was a foster parent in Bethel until 1998. He and his late wide then ran a daycare facility. He was indicted in June on ten counts of child sex abuse in June. On Monday Tony pleaded guilty to two counts of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl his wife was baby-sitting in 2012. He also pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl in 1998.
The charges were consolidated from ten to three in the plea deal. The consolidation “groups charges together to acknowledge (his) conduct in other counts,” said Bethel District Attorney June Stein.
Stein described Tony as “quiet,” during the heading, showing little emotion as a judge presided via video screen.
Each SAM count could carry a sentence from five to 99 years. Stein said the “presumptive sentence”—the range a person with no prior felony convictions could be convicted of—would range between five and 15 years.
In the plea deal, Tony also admitted to aggravators for his crime, essentially admitting to additional abuse with same or similar victims, and that he was at least ten years older than his victims. Those aggravators mean Tony’s ultimate time in prison will “not be limited by presumptive sentencing,” Stein said.
“We talked extensively with the families, and they’re pleased with the agreement,” Stein said.