ANDERSON — An Anderson man found guilty of child molest essentially received a de facto life sentence, the Madison County Prosecutor said Thursday.
William R. Remy, 37, was sentenced to 95-and-a-half years in the Department of Correction by Madison Circuit Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman on Wednesday. Remy had continually sexually assaulted a boy during a two-and-a-half year period.
Typically, inmates are credited with two days for each served for good behavior, meaning an average offender might only serve half the pronounced sentence. However, because of the nature of the charges, 30 years of Remy's sentence is credit-restricted, meaning he will be in prison at least 60 years.
For someone his age, it's essentially a life sentence, according to Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings.
Remy had molested a youth from the time the youth was 11 years old until he was 13, a period from July 2009 to June 2011. The victim told police he finally told his father about the abuse during a family trip to West Virginia in 2011. The boy had been living at several locations in Alexandria and Anderson with his mother and with Remy.
The now 15-year-old victim testified at Remy's trial in August, and detailed how Remy escalated the abuse from taking showers together to forcing him into sexual acts and making him watch pornography. The victim told police the abuse would happen when the mother left the home.
The victim described a number of sexual items Remy would use during the alleged attacks, and police found them during a search of Remy’s dwelling. The items were presented in court and a State Police laboratory technician confirmed Remy’s skin cells and genetic material were on many of them. A second set of DNA covered many of the items as well, but the technician was unable to confirm whether it was the victim’s DNA.
The day after the victim's testimony, Remy was found guilty of counts of child molest and performing sexual acts in the presence of a minor.
After the trial, the victim said he was very nervous during testimony, and that he was relieved the entire process was over.
Cummings said the sentence was "absolutely" appropriate, considering Remy's crimes.
"In my experience, people that have those propensities, it's very rare for them to be rehabilitated. Even if it's a case when the person knows they're doing something wrong, and wants to stop, most of them have trouble stopping. So, my priority is to do what you can to keep children safe," Cummings said.
The prosecutor also said he hopes the guilty verdict and sentence offers the victim and his family some peace of mind.
"When you've suffered that kind of wrong, it's possible that nothing will make it right again," he said. "Still, I think the sentence might give them some relief."
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