A Mount Pearl man accused of sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl in 2010 pleaded guilty to two of the charges against him on Wednesday.
Reginald Joseph O’Keefe, 66, made the surprise pleas just as his trial was scheduled to start for the day.
That brought the trial to an abrupt halt only a day after it had begun. It had been delayed for more than two years.
O’Keefe pleaded guilty to sexual assault and sexually interfering with a minor.
The toddler called him “Uncle Reg,” but they were not related.
He was married to her babysitter at the time of the assault.
O’Keefe was taken into custody shortly after signing an agreed statement of facts Wednesday afternoon.
He’ll be back in court on Feb. 7, 2013.
According to the facts, O’Keefe was left alone with the victim one day in September 2010.
The victim said that at one point she and O’Keefe were on a bed together, when he pulled down her pants and his own.
“We were getting on top of each other,” the little girl told police during her interview.
The facts state that while O’Keefe ejaculated during the assault there was no penetrative sex.
O’Keefe told the victim not to tell anyone about what happened. The girl eventually told her grandmother and O’Keefe was reported to the RNC.
During her interview with police the girl was at first reluctant, only saying that she didn’t like O’Keefe.
When asked why, she said, “because he was bad to me. He hates me.”
Not long after, she recounted the story of being with O’Keefe on the bed.