A Beverly man has pleaded guilty to accusations that he had tampered with evidence in the case of his brother, who was sentenced to 44 years in prison two years ago on child sexual abuse charges.
A new charge against the man was dropped in exchange for the plea.
Roy G. Delancey, 48, of 5700 Buchanan Road, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the third-degree felony charge, for which he was initially indicted in July, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings. He faces a maximum of five years in prison.
Delancey's brother, 56-year-old Rodney Delancey, is currently behind bars for raping at least six area children, mostly young boys, and keeping mementos from the encounters.
Roy and his mother were thought to have removed photos and other evidence from Rodney's home before officials could seize it as evidence, said Rings.
"He admitted to taking the photos initially from his brother's house," he said.
Roy's admission comes on the heels of Jan. 11 arrest after a tip from a relative led officers to stop and search his vehicle. Inside, officers found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an envelope containing several photographs of a 17-year-old female engaged in sexual acts with an adult male.
"The photos are the same photos that he tampered with that dealt with the underlying charge," said Rings.
The Jan. 11 arrest resulted in a fifth-degree felony charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material and a minor misdemeanor drug charge. However, both charges were dropped in exchange for Roy's guilty plea on the tampering charge.
Also a factor, said Rings, was the possibility that the photos had been planted in Roy's vehicle.
"The important back story there is that the relative (who called in the tip) and this guy had been having trouble," said Rings.
The call and arrest was made the day that Roy got out of jail for a probation violation, said Rings.
"For a while he was in custody and the truck was unattended," said Rings.
Initially, Roy's mother, Irene Faye Delancey, had been indicted on the same third-degree tampering charge.
However, Irene suffers from dementia and was found incompetent to stand trial. Therefore her case was dismissed, said Rings.
Roy was released by the court after he pleaded. His sentencing is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. March 1.