Ex-Hubbard mayor’s bond is revoked

WARREN — The former mayor of Hubbard, who could face life in prison after he pleaded guilty to 20 counts of child sex charges, turned himself in to the Trumbull County Jail Monday afternoon after his bond was revoked.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Kontos revoked the $75,000 bond that was posted by former Mayor Richard Keenan, 66, who had pleaded guilty last Friday to eight counts of rape that carry a potential life sentence, four counts of attempted rape and eight counts of gross sexual imposition.

The revocation was held without a hearing as assistant Prosecutor Gabriel Wildman said Keenan was expected to turn himself in at the jail through his attorney J. Gerald Ingram.

Jail records show Keenan was booked in at 2:34 p.m. Monday.

Wildman said he made the motion to revoke bond after Friday’s hearing because “the optics of Keenan walking out of the courtroom didn’t sit well.”

According to Wildman’s motion, the issue of bond was neither discussed nor negotiated as part of the plea agreement between prosecutors and defense counsel.

“It is the policy of the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office to object to the continuation of bond in serious cases after finding of guilt,” the motion states.

Keenan will remain in jail without bond as he undergoes a background report conducted by the Adult Probation Department before Kontos pronounces sentence in about two to six weeks, Wildman said.

The victim was a young girl known to Keenan who was assaulted from Sept. 12, 2013, when she was 4, through June 21, 2016, according to the indictment.

Keenan would be eligible for parole after serving 10 years of his sentence, but he would be classified as a Tier III sex offender and would have to register with the sheriff every 90 days for the rest of his life. However, Wildman said his office has a history of opposing parole for offenders in such cases.

“Our position is the life sentence,” Wildman said.

Keenan served as mayor of Hubbard Jan. 5, 2010, until Dec. 31, 2011.