A former coach at Marist College was sentenced earlier this week to two to six years in state prison after admitting to illegally recording people for his sexual gratification.
Richard Kelly, who coached the men’s club volleyball team at Marist, will have to register as a sex offender after he is released from prison, according to the Dutchess County District Attorney’s office.
Kelly, a 51-year-old Hyde Park resident, was sentenced Monday by Dutchess County Court Judge Jessica Segal.
While Kelly admitted remorse in court, his lawyer, Anthony DeFazio, said he plans to appeal the sentence, which he said was excessive.
In December, Kelly pleaded guilty in Dutchess County Court to 10 counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance, a felony.
Kelly was first arrested by state police in July 2020 on felony charges of second-degree possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child and second-degree unlawful surveillance.
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That investigation was prompted by a cyber tip from the New York State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Police said at the time that Kelly was accused of possessing images “consistent with child sexual exploitation” and recording candid images of unsuspecting victims.
That case led to investigators finding evidence of Kelly filming 10 people in his capacity as a part-time Marist coach, for which he was arrested in March of 2021. His guilty plea in December covered both cases.
“Richard has gotten a lot of treatment and therapy for what he has done,” DeFazio said Thursday. “He said in court that he was sorry to the victims.”
At the time Kelly made his guilty plea, Marist issued a statement saying that it “unequivocally condemns” the acts he was accused of and that it fully cooperated with the police investigation.
“The College sympathizes with all individuals impacted by crimes of this nature, whether or not they are members of the Marist community, and is deeply committed to fostering and sustaining a safe and supportive campus environment and holding accountable those who violate this fundamental expectation,” the statement read in part.
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