Dansville man sentenced for repeatedly raping girl

Lance Riley was sentenced Thursday on charges of first-degree rape in Wyoming County Court. Riley admitted to forcibly raping the child and strangling them during that process. (Photo: Wyoming County Sheriff's Office)

Warsaw, N.Y. (WHAM) - A man in Dansville was sentenced Thursday for raping a child, less than two months after pleading guilty to the crimes.

Lance Riley had gained a cult following on social media by people who maintained his innocence. Despite this claim, Riley admitted to the crimes in court in March.

Riley was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, which will be followed by 18 years of post-release supervision.

Before sentencing Riley, Judge Michael Mohun denied his motion to withdraw from his plea. In the motion, Riley claims he was coerced into the plea. Judge Mohun said in his ruling that there is no evidence of that.

“This is now the second time that this defendant has harmed this victim and it will second time he is going to prison for it," Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen said in a statement Monday. " After the victim courageously came forward the defendant and members of her family set out to destroy her credibility. This young lady should be proud of the fact that she is standing strong against the defendant."

He waived his right to appeal and he will be given a sex offender classification shortly before he is released.

Riley pleaded guilty Tuesday morning during a jury trial in Livingston County Court.

Riley pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act.

His sentence will be ten years in prison, which will be served consecutively to his sentence handed down in Wyoming County Court.

Riley is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31.

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