New Kensington man convicted of molesting 5-year-old girl
After 90 minutes of deliberations, a Westmoreland County jury on Thursday convicted a New Kensington man of molesting a 5-year-old girl over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend.
The jury of eight women and four men found Omali McKay, 28, guilty of two counts of aggravated indecent assault and one count each of solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and indecent exposure.
Assistant District Attorney Judy Petrush said McKay could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison. Petrush said she will ask Westmoreland County Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. to impose the maximum penalty when McKay is formally sentenced in about three months.
“That is appropriate given his victimization of a little girl who was only 5 at the time,” Petrush said.
During the two-day trial, the prosecution said McKay had improper sexual contact at least twice with the girl, who was staying in his home with her aunt.
McKay did not testify during the trial, and the defense presented no witnesses.
Defense attorney Greg Cecchetti argued to the jury that McKay did not molest the girl.
“It didn't happen,” Cecchetti said.
The prosecution presented no physical or medical evidence of an assault. But the victim, now 8, testified on Wednesday afternoon that McKay had sexual contact with her, including once while she tried to sleep.
McCormick ordered McKay to be evaluated to determine if he is to be classified as a sexually violent predator under state law.
His formal sentencing hearing will be held in about three months.
McKay faces trial on unrelated federal drug charges. That case is pending.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or email@example.com.
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