Richard Dillard – Repeat Sex Offender – Habitual Pervert

“He is a continuing menace to young children
because he cannot control his behavior.”


A registered sex offender was sent to state prison yesterday for the sexual assault of several young girls in the township.

Richard Dillard, 41, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Superior Court Judge James J. Morley. In May, the township man pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

“This is a tragic and troubling case,” the judge said “He is a continuing menace to young children because he cannot control his behavior.”

Dillard was charged in 2006 with the sexual assault of five young girls from 1996 to 2000. They ranged in age from 3 to 9, authorities said.

Police launched an investigation after the girls told their mothers of the assaults. Dillard had befriended the girls’ families and lived with them when the assaults took place, authorities said.

Morley said Dillard has a history of similar offenses involving children. In 2002, he was required to register with the state as a sex offender after a conviction for endangering the welfare of a child.

He was classified as a Tier 2 offender, meaning he had a moderate
likelihood of committing another offense.

Dillard must now serve 8 years before being eligible for parole. He will serve his time at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center, a state prison that offers treatment for sex offenders.

When he is paroled, he will again have to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be under community supervision for life.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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