Pike man admits repeatedly raping child
A Pike man faces a lengthy prison term after he admitted in Wyoming County Court Thursday that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a child.
William Spalding, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, both Class B violent felony offenses punishable by up to 25 years in state prison.
Spalding avoided a possible life prison sentence by accepting the plea deal in front of Judge Michael Mohun.
Spalding was indicted in March and charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A1 felony with a maximum punishment of 25 years to life.
The indictment came after a Wyoming County sheriff’s investigation revealed that Spalding repeatedly raped a child under 13 for several months in 2021.
Spalding remains in Wyoming County Jail pending sentencing, which Mohun set for July 28.
Also in County Court Thursday and in recent days:
- Vincent M. Strathearn, 26, of Perry pleaded guilty to felony aggravated family offense and is to be sentenced July 28. He repeatedly violated an order of protection.
- Keith L. Begin, 20, of St. Petersburg, Fla. was sentenced to five years probation for attempted third-degree grand larceny. He tried to steal a pickup truck in Warsaw in December but the truck’s owner grabbed him and Begin ran away. He barricaded himself inside Paddock’s Breeding until police arrived and he surrendered.
- Michael A. Munto II, 32, was sentenced to one to three years in prison for aggravated DWI with two children in the car. He also was convicted of resisting arrest and driving while impaired by drugs. He had been placed on interim probation but failed to complete the program after his 2019 arrest in Castile.
- Makayla Figueroa-Cautino, 25, of Leicester was sentenced to 21 months to 42 months in prison for grand larceny as a second-felony offender.
- Cody W. Crandall, 25, of Warsaw pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender and is to be sentenced Sept. 22.
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