A 26-year-old man will spend at least 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting a child at his home in Birch Bay.
Richard W. McCoy was arrested in February on suspicion of one count each of first degree rape of a child and first degree child molestation. McCoy pleaded guilty to those charges in March. The charges stem from McCoy’s molestation of a boy and a girl under the age of 10.
Whatcom County Superior Court judge Steven Mura sentenced McCoy to 21 years and eight months in prison last week, according to court documents. Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 20 years to life.
The state Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board will ultimately decide how long McCoy spends in prison, but it will be at least the length of the judge’s sentence. The board will review McCoy’s condition after his sentence is up and determine if additional prison time is necessary.
In 2000, McCoy, at the age of 14, pleaded guilty to first and second degree rape of a child stemming from abuse of a 12-year-old boy in Bellingham. McCoy is currently registered as a level-one sex offender, the lowest risk offender status.