MARIETTA - Two years after his brother was sent to prison for more than four decades for sexually abusing at least half a dozen children, a Waterford man received a much lighter sentence for hiding evidence in that case.
Roy G. Delancey, 48, of 5700 Buchannan Road, was sentenced Friday by Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane to community control following a stay of 59 to 90 days in the county jail and 90 days at the SEPTA Center in Nelsonville.
In January, Delancey pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence.
Waterford resident Roy Delancey, left, is handcuffed by a Washington County sheriff’s deputy after being sentenced to up to three months in the county jail and a 90-day program at the SEPTA Center Friday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)
Delancey seemed to be in good spirits before and after the hearing as he spoke with his attorney, Nancy Brum. He did not speak in court except to answer Lane's questions with "No, sir" and "Yes, sir."
The tampering allegedly happened in the fall of 2010. The Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested Delancey's older brother, Rodney, after the Beverly resident was accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy. Prior to a search of Rodney Delancey's residence, Roy Delancey and their mother, Irene, allegedly removed potentially incriminating items from the home.
Deputies nevertheless uncovered journals, videos, collections of mementos and other evidence indicating Rodney Delancey had abused as many as 20 children over a 15-year period. Rodney Delancey, then 54, pleaded guilty in December of 2010 to 13 charges relating to six children and was sentenced to 44 years in prison the following February.
Roy and Irene Delancey were indicted on the tampering with evidence charges in the summer of 2012. Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said a tip from an informant led to those charges.
Charges against Irene Delancey were dismissed after she was found incompetent to stand trial due to dementia.
In January, Roy Delancey was arrested and charged with a fifth-degree felony count of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material after deputies stopped his vehicle following a relative's report that he was in possession of marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed an envelope containing photographs of an underage girl engaging in sexual acts with at least one adult male.
Roy Delancey reportedly admitted the pictures were taken from his brother's residence more than two years earlier.
A plea agreement was reached with prosecutors in which Roy Delancey would plead guilty to the tampering with evidence charge and the new felony count, a minor misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge and a pending community control violation count would all be dismissed, Assistant Washington County Prosecutor Allison Cauthorn said.
Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings had previously said there was a possibility the photos had been planted in Delancey's vehicle by a relative with a grudge. Mincks said his deputies found no evidence of that.
Filling in for Rings Friday, Cauthorn offered no sentencing recommendation to the judge. Brum requested community control and the 90-day short-term offender program at the SEPTA Center in Nelsonville.
Lane noted Delancey's only prior criminal record was a 2007 conviction for non-support of dependents.
Delancey will receive the first bed at the SEPTA Center after he has served at least 60 days in the county jail, with credit for one day served.