Rome man accused of sexually abusing girl for 10 years

A Rome man is facing several charges after a teen girl reported enduring sexual abuse for a decade.

Posted: May 17, 2021 5:45 PM

ROME, N.Y. – A Rome man is facing several charges after a teen girl reported enduring sexual abuse for a decade.

The girl, now 15, reported the abuse to the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center in December of 2020. She told investigators she had been abused by the same man since she was 5 years old.

The investigation led to the arrest of 35-year-old Richard J. Meier, who was indicted by a grand jury on the following charges:

  • Predatory sexual assault against a child, a felony
  • Course of sexual conduct against a child, a felony
  • Endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor

Meier was taken into custody on Saturday, May 15, and was remanded to the Oneida County jail without bail.

An order of protection has also been requested on behalf of the teen victim.

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