LYONS — A Marion man who admitted he sexually abused a baby girl faces 5 to 15 years in state prison.
Richard A. Florack, 55, pleaded guilty before Wayne County Justice Stephen R. Sirkin Friday to first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Florack was charged Feb. 26 and indicted by a grand jury March 24 on those charges, said Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy. The indictment did not include an original charge of possessing a sexual performance of a child, stemming from a videotape that showed Florack engaged in sex acts with the infant.
Just hours after her husband was indicted by a grand jury, Debbie Florack, 52, was arrested for failing to turn over that videotape to police. She was charged with criminal possession of a sexual performance by a child younger than 16 and faces grand jury action, Healy said. Information on the status of her charges was not immediately available.
“A person found the tape and disclosed it to a parent of the child, who then brought it to our attention,” said Wayne County Sheriff's Detective Lt. Bob Hetzke at the time of Richard Florack’s arrest.
The child’s mother estimated her daughter was between 8 and 10 month old at the time the tape was made, Hetzke said, putting the date of the recording sometime in 2002.
Neither Hetzke nor Healy would comment on the nature of the relationship between the Floracks and the child, nor how they had access to her.
Charges are also pending in U.S. District Court in Rochester on a complaint that alleges Richard Florack “knowingly produced child pornography” and “knowingly possessed child pornography.” A clerk of the court said complaints of this nature are usually filed because there are Internet implications and information has crossed state lines.
No further information about the federal complaint was immediately available. However, Healy said if Florack were found guilty at the federal level, it could add as many as 10 years to the 5 to 15 he is facing in county court.
Sentencing for Richard Florack will be in July.