WILKES-BARRE — A Pittston man will serve 15 months to five years behind bars for molesting a 3-year-old child earlier this year.
Michael Angel Roman, 58, was sentenced Monday before Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. and must register as a sex-offender for life.
According to police, the abuse occurred on Jan. 6, while the victim and the victim’s mother were staying at the apartment where Roman had been living.
The mother said she awoke at about 3:30 a.m. to see a light on in the room where her child was sleeping. She tried to open the door but found it locked, according to an affidavit filed on the case. The mother banged on the door, police said, and when Roman opened the door the woman saw her child lying on the floor with no pants.
According to an account given by the victim, Roman had kissed the child’s cheek and genitals.
The mother awakened a woman who lived in the apartment, and when the tenant confronted the intoxicated Roman, he threatened her with the head of a hammer he was holding in his hand, according to the affidavit.
Investigators said they found Roman on a bed, trying to hide the child’s underwear.
When interviewed by investigators, Roman admitted that he had licked the child’s genitals for 30 to 60 seconds, realized what he was doing was wrong, kissed the child on the cheek and fell asleep next to the child, according to the affidavit.
“How could I do this at 57 years old,” Roman said at the end of the interview, according to investigators.
Roman, who in July pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault, was given credit for 351 days of time served.
He must register as a sex offender for life., is not to use any computer or smartphone, may not have any contact with the victim or the victim’s family, may not have any unsupervised contact with minors and may not go to any place where children congregate.
Roman also must provide a DNA sample and must complete sex-offender treatment.