The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 29, 2013

Trial delays violate rights, sex suspect says

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — A Northumberland man who is facing numerous charges after police said he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl could be released from prison because of the Pennsylvania Rule 600 law.

Adam Vigo, 37, of Duke Street in Northumberland, is charged with seven felonies, including 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 Northumberland County President Judge Robert Sacavage on Monday and asked to be released on nominal bail because he has not been brought to trial in the 180-day time period.

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

Vigo was charged in March but Assistant District Attorney William Cole argued the dates are conflicting because there have been circumstances that have lead to postponements in the Vigo case and that the county still has time under Rule 600.

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 alleged victim as she testified that Vigo coerced her into sexual acts.

Vigo was living with a former Northumberland County Prison guard, who 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 but faces more than 120 years in prison if convicted.

Cole told Sacavage the Vigo case is actually Assistant District Attorney Ann Targonski’s and that she was unable to attend the hearing but 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 in the past.

Sacavage told Vigo’s attorney, Northumberland County public defender Ed Greco, and Cole that he wanted a detailed account of the conflicting dates by Friday before he made his final decision on whether Vigo was entitled to be released pending a trial.

Vigo remains committed to the Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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