SARANAC LAKE - Twin Crystal Rock Shop co-owner Kean Riley has been sentenced to three years of probation after admitting he spanked a 12-year-old boy at his business last year.
Riley, 50, of Saranac Lake, had pleaded guilty in September to endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. A forcible touching charge was dropped as part of the plea deal.
Tupper Lake village Justice Leonard Young sentenced Riley last week, Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Domenica Padula said.
"He was sentenced to three years of probation with the condition of no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18, as well as a substance abuse evaluation," Padula told the Enterprise.
Village police arrested Riley in November 2011. The case stems from an incident that allegedly took place in the Broadway rock shop, which Riley co-owns with his identical twin brother Kasey and which has been a popular spot for many children to hang out. Police said Riley picked the boy up, put him over his shoulder, pulled down his pants and spanked his bare buttocks.
Riley initially told the Enterprise that the boy, who was working as an apprentice in the shop, made up the story after Riley disciplined him verbally for bad behavior, but he ultimately admitted to spanking the boy as part of the plea agreement.
The case was initially brought before Saranac Lake village Justice Kenneth McLaughlin, but he recused himself because he serves on the bench with Riley's father, town of Harrietstown Justice Howard Riley, who is also an Enterprise columnist. The matter was later transferred to Young in Tupper Lake. Padula served as a special prosecutor in the case because of a similar conflict with the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.