Both Assistant District Attorney Richard Beauchesne and the judge, Active Retired Justice Robert W. Clifford, agreed that the plea would save the girl, now seven, the trauma of having to recount the incident in court.
According to Beauchesne
, the Vermont man assaulted the girl at her
home in Stoneham in early May of 2012.
said the girl has lost the "childlike look" in her
"There's no way that she
can recapture it," he
said, adding that Collins' actions have caused "effects we can't even calculate right now."
asked for 18 months in the Maine Department of Corrections
in Windham, rather than a county jail, saying 18 months was at the low end of the reasonable range for Collins' crime.
called the sentence "a fraction of the time that (the girl) is going to have to live with what he's