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February 16, 2014

Suspect in child rape posted $1 bail in vain

— SUNBURY — A Northumberland resident who police say sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl was set to be freed from county jail under Pennsylvania’s Rule 600 law, but Adam Vigo failed an approved home plan and remains locked up.

Vigo, 37, of Duke Street, faces seven felonies: rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of minors. He appeared before then-Northumberland County President Judge Robert Sacavage in October and asked to be released on nominal bail of $1 because he was not brought to trial within 180 days.

Rule 600 states that no defendant shall be held in pretrial incarceration in excess of 180 days from the date in which a complaint is filed.

Vigo was charged in March, but Assistant District Attorney William Cole argues the dates conflict because there have been circumstances that led to postponements in the case and that the county still has time under Rule 600.

Sacavage in December approved nominal bail subject to conditions to protect the public and the victim, Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini said.

“Those conditions include supervised bail, no-contact provisions with victim or any children and not to frequent any place where children congregate and no alcohol use,” Rosini wrote in an email. “He was also required to have an approved home plan and not to leave Northumberland County without court approval.

“The case was originally continued because the defense did not have a copy of the (Children’s Advocacy Center) interview. It was not in the file when my staff provided discovery, probably because it was being viewed in preparation for the trial.”

Staff cuts to the district attorney’s office are among the reasons Vigo’s case has been delayed, Rosini said.

“If you’re asking do the cuts in my staff affect prosecutions, I have said several times in the past that we have lost preparation time due to the high caseload my staff handles,” Rosini wrote. “These cases are difficult and time-consuming to prepare for and our staff is limited and we have numerous cases and only one assistant district attorney who is trained to prosecute them.

“Given our heavy caseload and limited staff, this type of issue will only increase. We have more and more serious felony charges and less staff to handle them. You can’t do more with less in criminal prosecution. You do less with less staff. So with less time to devote to individual cases, it takes longer to get them to trial. This is the inevitable consequence of the cuts in my staff. Those cuts will have a serious affect on our ability to prosecute the two homicide defendants now pending and the potential shooting case currently under investigation and all of the other serious cases that are now pending.”

Vigo allegedly assaulted the child for four years while acting as her caretaker, according to court documents. Vigo appeared in court last month and faced the girl as she testified that Vigo coerced her into sexual acts.

Vigo was living with a former Northumberland County Prison guard, whom he said he met while he was spending a year in the lockup in 2006. Vigo was released and met the woman on “the outside” a year later, he said.

Vigo and the former guard began dating and Vigo eventually moved in with the woman and her children, he said. Vigo denies the charges. He faces more than 120 years in prison if convicted.

The state opposed the release on nominal bail because Vigo also lived in New Jersey and has had several prior arrests, including being charged with statutory rape.

Vigo remains committed to Northumberland County Prison. His bail had been $250,000.

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