Ex-Fayette schools teacher's aide pleads guilty to sexual abuse charges

A former Fayette County Public Schools employee admitted Friday that he inappropriately touched two young relatives while he was drunk.

The admissions were made by Richard Davis Jr., a former teacher's aide at Arlington Elementary School, when he pleaded guilty in Fayette Circuit Court to one count of first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree sexual abuse Friday morning.

Davis, 34, paused at length and spoke softly, at times inaudibly, when Circuit Judge James Ishmael asked him what he had done to be guilty of sodomy.

"I did what (the juvenile) said I did," he told the court.

When Ishmael pressed him to be more specific, Davis told the judge: "I was under the influence of alcohol, I was intoxicated, and I inappropriately touched" the girl, who was younger than 12.

Davis said the sexual contact occurred "three or four" times over the course of a year, starting in December 2010. He also admitted to touching another girl on another occasion, leading to the sexual abuse charge.

He was intoxicated each time it happened, he said.

Davis originally was charged with one count of incest, one count of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse. Incest and two counts of sexual abuse were dismissed as a condition of his guilty plea.

A trial had been scheduled for Dec. 17. If Davis had been found guilty on all counts, he could have faced a life sentence, according to court documents.

Prosecutors recommended 15 years in prison.

Ishmael scheduled a sentencing hearing for Jan. 17.

Davis resigned from his position with the Fayette County Public Schools last year after he was charged.

The assaults did not occur on school property and, as a teacher's aide, Davis would not have been alone with children on school property, officials have said.