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School psychologist sentenced to 14.5 years prison; “groomed” boys for molestation

Fifty-nine-year-old Craig Figley, a former psychologist for the Colville School District (Colville is located in the northeast corner of Washington state) was sentenced today to serve at least 14.5 years in prison for molesting an 11-year-old student and attempting to molest another.

Figley pleaded guilty in March 2010 to molesting the boys and admitted he’d “groomed” the victims to take advantage of them.

In court, Figley said “I have committed illegal and shameful acts.” Those illegal and shameful acts involve two underage boys.

Figley has a history of child molestation, including victims who were friends of his own son

Figley admitted repeatedly fondling the children while caring for them, buying them video games, and taking them out for dinner.

In addition to first-degree child molestation, Figley pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography after images of young boys were found on his school computer.

Figley was a member of a multidisciplinary team that helped coordinate law enforcement investigations of child abuse.

Following sentencing, his case will go before a state board that reviews the sentences of sex offenders, and that board could decide to keep him in prison for life, Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said.

Source: “School counselor sentenced for molestation,” Spokesman Review, May 10, 2010.

Vincent Festa, former school psychologist, charged with sex offender registration violation

A retired school psychologist who is a registered sex offender was arrested on Thursday for failing to register Internet service providers and e-mail addresses, Suffolk County police said.

Vincent Festa, a Level 3 sex offender, was using e-mail addresses and Internet service providers that he failed to register as required by the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act, police said.

Computer Crimes Unit and Special Victims Section detectives executed a search warrant at Festa’s home where computers, hard drives and assorted storage media were seized on April 13.

Festa, 80, of Ronkonkoma, was charged with sex offender registration violation, a felony.

Festa, who was the psychologist at Herricks High School was  sentenced in July 1995 to 5 years’ probation after pleading guilty to sodomizing teenage boys.

Festa was indicted on 11 counts, including third-degree sodomy, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, after six teenage boys from the Ronkonkoma area came forward in 1993.  He was accused of enticing the boys to his home to do lawn work and then abusing them. None of the victims were Herricks students.

Festa originally pleaded innocent but later agreed to plead guilty to three counts of third-degree sodomy.

Source: Patrick Kelton “Sex Offender Charged With Failing to Register E-mail,” Long Island Press, April 22, 2010 and Deepti Hajela, “Ex-School Psychologist Sentenced in Sex Abuse,” Newsday, July 11, 1995.