CBS Philly reported a Montgomery County judge sentenced 47-year-old Vito Granieri from Skippack to 18 years behind bars in state prison for a child molestation case. The former suburban Philadelphia elementary school aide was also ordered to spend 15 years on probation after completion of his prison term.
Vito Granieri's PA criminal defense lawyer Marc Steinberg had primarily asked for a county jail sentence for his client, but Judge Richard Hodgson turned down the proposal and said Granieri was a danger to society. Hodgson also mentioned Granieri originally denied the accusations made against him, which made his victims feel like "outcasts" and challenged their credibility.
This past August, the former Philadelphia school aide pleaded guilty to indecent assault, unlawful contact with minors, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors from 2006 to 2008. He made an apology in court to the families and boys from Saint Eleanor Parish School in Collegeville.
According to FindLaw's LawBrain, child molestation involves indecent or sexual activities between an adult and a child typically under the age of 14. It is illegal for any adult to touch any part of a child's body with a "lewd and lascivious" intent. Consent is not considered in a child molestation case, because minors are not permitted to legally consent to anything.
While this is a particularly heinous crime, there are resources available to help victims of abuse get the help they need and the justice that they deserve.
For general information on criminal law or child abuse, please look through the Related Resources links below.
- The Maturing of a Movement: Statute of Limitations Reform for Sex Abuse Victims (FindLaw)
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