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Vanderbilt sex offender shown 'mercy'

| Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A 75-year-old Fayette County man who pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two young girls was sentenced Thursday to serve up to two years in state prison.

David Leonard Brady Sr. of Vanderbilt was designated as a sexually violent predator by Judge Nancy Vernon after testimony from Herbert Hays of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.

Brady was arrested by state police in 2012 for allegedly fondling girls while they were in his care. The incidents took place between 2006 and 2012, when the girls were between ages 5 and 8, according to a police affidavit.

Hays said there is no treatment for someone diagnosed as a pedophile. “We can do treatment, but we can't stop it,” Hays said.

Brady must report addresses for his home and workplace to police for the rest of his life. He must undergo and pay for lifetime counseling at a minimum of one session monthly.

A woman who said she is a relative of both girls read a victim-impact statement in court, saying she felt “betrayed” by Brady. His actions resulted in emotional, mental and financial costs to her family, she said.

Brady could have faced up to seven years in prison on each charge.

Vernon sentenced him to concurrent sentences of one to two years for each of the indecent assault charges. She accepted a guilty plea to an additional charge of corruption of minors with no additional penalty.

Brady was ordered to have no contact with his victims.

Vernon told Brady she considered rejecting the plea, but took his poor health into consideration.

“I am showing you mercy in agreeing to this recommended plea. I am showing you mercy that you did not show your (victims),” she said.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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