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Sex Offender, John Riva, Sentenced

| November 29, 2010, 07:49 PM | 2 Comments
John Riva of Crofton, MD sentenced for sex crimes against children

John Riva

John Riva, of Crofton was charged in June 2010 for several sexual crimes against children. Today, as a result of a plea bargain he was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Paul Hackner.

The Crofton Patch has a good article on the case and how it tore apart the neighborhood; however, while the sentence was indeed 10 years, all but 18 months of it was suspended plus he will receive credit for time already served according to court records. He will also have a 5 year probationary period and is required to register as a sex offender.

He is also accused of a second set of charges paralleling the first. Like the first, a plea arrangement has been made and he is scheduled to be sentenced on December 2, 2010 on those charges. According to the Patch article, Judge Hackner indicated that he would be issuing a similar sentence for those charges. Quite possibly the two sentences would be allowed to run concurrently. It should be noted that the sentence will be served in a County jail and not a state prison.

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  1. Fred Shubbie©™© says:

    ” Rogers told the judge that the reason the parents weren’t there was not because of a lack of caring and added they are very invested in their child.” –from Crofton Patch article

    With as much due respect as I can muster for these
    ( inattentive) parents, I am a somewhat bewildered as to how their absence at sentencing supports their claim that they are (totally) invested in the life of their child.

    Though it is my opinion that the parents of the abused child were somehow lacking , I do not excuse the behavior of the sick , depraved abuser.

    One can only hope that parents will learn from the tragedy of others and sincerely invest time and attention on their precious creations.

  2. Melissa Clary says:

    John Riva ruined my career at Cornell university. His wife, Colleen wright Riva was my direct supervisor. He constantly tried to engage me, I stayed away from him the best I could, until one day during spring break, he approached my cubicle and said he wanted to get under my desk, lift my skirt, etc… I ran out of the office that day, called in sick for two days, came back to work and reported him to HR. Long story short, the Cornell lawyers made me out to be the one who was the preditor through my email correspondence with colleagues and through investigations with my coworkers, who were not truthful about John riva’s sexual comments to them for fear of losing their jobs and credibility with his wife, also their supervisor. I left what I thought was a career and ended up hospitalized. Returned back to CU only to be demoted, and treated poorly by my fellow management team. I did not have the resources to hire an attorney to fight CU and John Riva. I finally broke down and left CU in 2005. To now learn he moved to Maryland and was put in prison for molesting young girls is so incredibly painful for me. If I would have had the money to fight Cornell, these girls might have been spared his discusting intensions. Does the President and ombudsman and HR, Bryn Curly at the time, know of this? John Riva ruined my career and mental health state, but more importantly hurt these young girls. He deserved more than 18 months. Cornell University should have listened to me and maybe these young girls would not have been harmed by this creep.

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