BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - A 69-year-old former Maine man will serve no jail time after pleading no contest today to 40 counts of sexual assault against two boys in the Bangor area in the 1980s.
We're told the boys were 12 and 14 when Richard Bailey began abusing them and the abuse continued for many years.
Bailey's plea agreement with the Penobscot County District Attorney's Office calls for him to serve 18 years on probation, with no prison time.
Assistant District Attorney Marianne Lynch says neither victim, one of whom is in prison, wanted to testify at a trial.
Lynch says neither side is happy with the outcome, but a compromise had to be made.
She says, "Unfortunately sometimes we're required to do plea agreements in some cases. There are significant proof problems, there are times that we think a jury might struggle with a particular case, and in this case since there had been such a long passage of time, we're always concerned about it. What this sentence does accomplish is it validated what happened to these boys, when they were boys, these men now have some validation in there life."
Bailey, who now lives in Oregon, will also have to register as a sex offender in Maine.