GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) – The man accused of sexually assaulting a child at Martin’s Fantasy Island stood before a judge Tuesday, for a felony hearing.
The alleged incident took place on June 22. The family accusing Barry Hollis of sexual assault says their 8-year-old daughter was sitting next to Hollis on the ‘Crazy Mouse’ roller coaster last month when he took advantage of an opportunity.
As Hollis walked into court, News 4’s Ed Drantch asked him if he had anything he wanted to say. His only response was “[get] outta my face.”
The victim’s father was in court. He was sitting on the edge of his seat, listening to the back and forth between the defense and prosecution. We are not identifying the father of the victim to protect the victim’s identity.
Assistant District Attorney Liam Dwyer called this “a brazen attack by a 36-year-old [man] on an 8-year-old girl.”
The victim’s mother burst into tears, hearing that description.
“It’s like a nightmare’s come true and I wouldn’t wish this on anybody,” the father said.
Although the prosecutor wouldn’t speak on camera, he said in court there is a mountain of evidence against Hollis, including a full confession and eyewitnesses from inside the park.
“I’m sorry; I’m not going to be making any comment,” said Mary Beth Dipasquale, Hollis’ attorney.
She walked out of the courtroom with Hollis’ mother at her side. Hollis’ mother didn’t want to speak Tuesday afternoon, but spoke with News 4 on Monday. She said her son is not capable of abusing a young girl and wouldn’t “understand even if he did.”
The defense said Hollis has autism, is bipolar and has ADHD, but has no criminal history.
The judge ordered Hollis stay away from the victim and her family and sent Hollis back to jail.
Hollis waived the right to a felony hearing. The case will now go before an Erie County Grand Jury. He remains locked up on $2,500 cash, or $5,000 bond.
If convicted, he faces a prison sentence of two- to seven-years.