Fair­field man charged with sex crimes against chil­dren faces trial on Mon­day

Richard McCormick Jr. faces more than 10 counts, some of them dat­ing back to 1990s

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Richard Bam­mer rbam­[email protected]­porter.com @REBam­mer on Twit­ter Con­tact re­porter Richard Bam­mer at (707) 453-8164.

A 61-year-old Fair­field man ac­cused of mul­ti­ple child sex­ual as­sault charges, some of them dat­ing back to the 1990s, faces more pro­ceed­ings to­day and a jury trial sched­uled to be­gin in the com­ing days.

Richard McCormick Jr. will re­turn to De­part­ment 11, Judge Wil­liam J. Pen­der­gast’s court­room, at 8:30 a.m. Fri­day for a trial man­age­ment con­fer­ence and a jury trial at 9 a.m. Mon­day in the Jus­tice Cen­ter in Fair­field.

McCormick faces 11 counts of as­sault against chil­dren who were 10 or younger at the time.

In early Oc­to­ber 2018, his at­tor­ney at the time, Christina A. DiE­doardo, ar­gued for bail re­duc­tion, but Pen­der­gast de­nied her re­quest. She also asked for house ar­rest and su­per­vi­sion rather than con­tin­ued Solano County Jail cus­tody. The judge also de­nied those re­quests, cit­ing her client’s dan­ger to the com­mu­nity, McCormick’s crim­i­nal history, and the se­ri­ous­ness of the charges, which, Pen­der­gast noted, were the kind that cre­ate “psy­cho­log­i­cal da­m­age” to vic­tims.

Over the years, McCormick has been rep­re­sented by six dif­fer­ent at­tor­neys, most re­cently, ac­cord­ing to court records, by Scott A. Tibbe­deaux.

While court records show the al­le­ga­tions stretch back a con­sid­er­able amount of time, the most re­cent stems from July 2018. McCormick was ar­rested Aug. 30, 2018, by Fair­field po­lice.

The Solano County District At­tor­ney filed a com­plaint against McCormick on Sept. 4. 2018. His bail was set at $4.5 mil­lion dur­ing a Septem­ber 2018 pro­ceed­ing in Com­mis­sioner Robert Q. War­shawsky’s court­room in the Hall of Jus­tice in Fair­field.

Among the ac­cu­sa­tions McCormick faces are six counts of sex acts with a child un­der 10; two counts of sex as­sault on a child by force or fear; and two counts of ag­gra­vated sex as­sault of a child by pen­e­tra­tion with a for­eign ob­ject.

Most of the charges against McCormick, if found guilty, carry life sen­tences.

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