By Jaimie Weiss
LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - A retired police officer will spend no time in prison after admitting to having inappropriate sexual contact with a family member. Raymond Kiefer, 63, entered the guilty to first degree sexual abuse in December and was sentenced Tuesday.
The defense, prosecution and judge all say the sexual abuse of the 4-year-old was a one-time thing which is why they agreed on a three year prison sentence amended down to five years probation. None of it sits well with the toddler's mother.
"He robbed my daughter of her innocence. He took something from her and made her aware of things she had no business knowing at her age," she said.
Kiefer will also have to register as a sex offender for 20 years and stay at least 1,000 feet away from the girl he used to spend time with.
"This sentence is almost a slap in the face of my daughter," said the victim's mother. "What does it show of her worth to be?"
John Berry, Kiefer's attorney, said his client knows what he did was wrong, which is why he came forward immediately. Berry said he has known Kiefer for decades and he, nor anyone else, would have ever guessed that Kiefer would sexually abuse someone so young and so close to him.
"You can see from his record, we can't say anything bad about his past other than what a stupid thing he did here," said Berry.
Even though Kiefer is a veteran and served as a police sergeant, Judge Mitch Perry tried to assure the family there is nothing unusual about the sentence. Perry said it was the part about registering as a sex offender that was enough for him.
"That is a punishment effectively everyday for the rest of your life, very likely," explained Perry.
- Once again, another judge admits the sex offender registry IS PUNISHMENT!
However, the fact that Kiefer is not going to prison will never be good enough for the 4-year-old girl's family.
Though Kiefer will not be serving any prison time he was taken to Louisville Metro Corrections after the hearing. That was because Perry said even after he was charged, Kiefer was never formally booked.