Mayor admits to molesting 4-year-old girl but claims she was a ‘willing participant’


Richard Keenan 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A mayor was arrested after he confessed to molesting a young girl for years.

The former mayor of a small town in Ohio, who has described himself as a “dedicated Christian,” confessed his sins to a pastor.

He told the pastor that he has been abusing a child over a period of two years. He then confessed to his wife and to his brother.

Richard Keenan, 65, was admitted to a psychiatric ward, where he told a social worker that the assaults first occurred when the girl was 4 years old, and it lasted for two years.

According to court documents, Keenan said that he also told the social worker “that the child was a willing participant in the sex acts.”

Keenan said that when the girl entered the bathroom, “he asked the child if he could touch her private parts.” When she said “yes” he kissed, fondled and performed sex acts on her. He then told the girl to kiss his genitals, court documents state.

Keenan was charged with eight counts of rape, 12 counts of attempted rape and serious sexual imposition.

Keenan, who is the former mayor of Hubbard, faces life in prison if convicted. He was released after posting $75,000 bail. He was ordered not to have contact with children.