Man Gets Probation for Child Sex Assault in Baldwin

Thomas Cottrill must also register as a sex offender.

Thomas Cottrill, 64, who was arrested by Baldwin Borough police at the Nancy Podrat Group Day Care Home in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill South neighborhood in February, has been sentenced to two years of probation for molesting a 7-to-8-year-old girl in 2004.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jill E. Rangos issued that sentence to Cottrill on Monday.

A jury found Cottrill guilty on Sept. 12 of one count each of endangering the welfare of children, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, corruption of minors and indecent exposure.

Baldwin police were involved because the charges stemmed from when Cottrill babysat the girl in 2004 while she lived with her family in Baldwin.

Cottrill, who was once employed by the Nancy Podrat day care center, did not meet the girl through his work there.

In addition to the probation sentence, Rangos also ordered Cottrill to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

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cc February 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM
NB have to agree with you. Our jails are over crowded with people who commit DUI's and got busted for smoking pot. The ones that should be in there such as Pedophiles are on the street like Thomas Cottrill. These are the first ones they release from jail. He should be made to put a sign up on his house that he is a Pedophile and have it posted on his car. If he is out in public should be made to wear a sign so parents know to keep this person away from their children.
cc February 26, 2013 at 10:24 PM
They said the same thing about Jerry Sandusky and how many people came out of the woodwork that they were also molested by him. He is your family and your going to stick up for him. He chose a jury trial of his peers and was found guilty. Judge Rango's should of ordered him to be castrated along with his probation.
cc February 26, 2013 at 10:30 PM
He was judged by a jury of his own peers. That is how a jury is picked out, have you never gone and served on a jury before. He did not have to pick a jury trial to cost tax payers money. He could of picked a judge to hear the trial and then make a decision. It is always the guilty claiming innocence and that they are the victims. Same thing that Sandusky is claiming also but he is just as guilty.
cc February 26, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Do you know what PTSD is? Anything can trigger a memory to come back and cause nightmares to a child. I am happy that this child was able to come out and tell the truth and he should of been punished more.
cc February 26, 2013 at 10:42 PM
If there was a story to come out then it should of been brought out at trial. I will believe a victim before this piece of scum that was convicted.
cc February 26, 2013 at 10:46 PM
agree all that are posting in his favor are scum as he is. I hope she gets treatment because she has to live with PTSD now because of this scumbag. It is always the guilty crying how innocent they are just like Sandusky.
cc February 26, 2013 at 10:51 PM
RLB children who are molested try to block what happens. These monsters tell innocent children that if you tell anyone than your the one that will go to jail and never see your family. They put fear in the child while getting their pleasure and he is a sick man.
cc February 26, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Amy what she is doing as a teen is also how some children who were molested act. Here is an article for your to read http://www.secasa.com.au/pages/trauma-responses-in-children/ These are symptom of a child who is sexually abused "If childhood sexual abuse is not treated, long-term symptoms can go on through adulthood. These may include: PTSD and anxiety Depression and thoughts of suicide Sexual anxiety and disorders, including having too many or unsafe sexual partners Difficulty setting safe limits with others (e.g., saying no to people) and relationship problems Poor body image and low self-esteem Unhealthy behaviors, such as alcohol, drugs, self-harm, or eating problems. These behaviors are often used to try to hide painful emotions related to the abuse." If you were sexually abused as a child and have some of these symptoms, it is important for you to get help. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/child-sexual-abuse.asp
cc February 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM
So the girl was 6 years old when the monster sexually abused her. What did he use to tell her to keep quite, you will be in trouble if you tell someone. You will go to jail if this comes out. Pigs like him scare children saying you will never see your family again if it comes out. I hope he rots in hell one day
cc February 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Amy people who are molested don't sit back and collect money as you put it. Go to PAAR website and you will see that they don't provide money, but counseling services http://www.paar.net/
cc February 27, 2013 at 08:36 AM
When the children were put to bed, how do we know he did not sneak in the girls room and touch her. I've also raised children and you cannot keep them in he same room 24/7 together. Kids like to play all over the house, in their bedroom, game room, they go to bathroom, they take showers before bed so you can't make a statement that he was never alone with her.
cc February 27, 2013 at 08:42 AM
Margaret it is true that people make things up but statics show that 5 or 6 year old don't make these kinds of accusations unless it happen. Children who are this age usually block what happen and it comes out later in life as the ones who molest young children make comments to children that if you tell anyone you will be taken away from your family, you will go to jail. They scare children to death with lies so they don't get caught.
cc February 27, 2013 at 09:02 AM
I agree all the comments claiming his innocence needs to be taken off of here. This girl has suffered enough at the monsters hands. I just hope the parents have her in counseling to get over this tragic event that happen to her.
AH February 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM
This Cottrill family are really sick. To publicly come out and state this bs is sickening. He was tried and convicted. This sick man should have to walk around with a sign around his neck stating "I am a child molester". This waste of air should had been executed. To bad in this country they don't do that. Please Cottrell family, GO AWAY and SHUT UP!!!!!!!
AH February 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM
So does what u r babbling give the CHILD MOLESTER a right to molest her??? Idiot!
Amy Cottrill March 05, 2013 at 05:07 AM
I wasn't referring to PAAR. Also, haven't any of you heard of the term "false accusations"? It's a real thing, and is what happened in this case.
Amy Cottrill March 05, 2013 at 05:17 AM
CC is just naming general quotes in relation to the topic of molestation, none of which were said or claimed to have been said in this particular case. Rape and molestation are serious issues, which is why it is so horrible for someone to make false accusations against someone in cases like this, as the mentioned girl has done. I've spent my whole adult life fighting for women's rights and supporting organizations which do the same. I'm an activist. So, I don't want to hear babbling from people who know nothing about this case. He is innocent and is a victim of false accusations. It's a shame. That girl gives girls and women a bad name and takes away from true victims who really need help - victims I'd help in a heartbeat. There are women and girls out there who need support, and instead of insulting people you know nothing about on the internet here, why don't you spend your free time doing something that matters and go volunteer for an organization which helps women if you care so much about the subject? Do something that matters if you want to change the world instead of hiding behind initials online and assuming you know everything?
cc March 05, 2013 at 06:48 AM
Amy I do volunteer work and have a full schedule right now. All child molesters say they are innocent and they were falsely accused. Same story different day. Children do not make up stories that they were molested even if it comes out years later. Look at what Sandusky did and how many years it took them to come out and open their mouths. These kids are the victims of monsters. A child acting out as you say that she is doing now is caused by her being molested. Hope her parents have her in counseling to get over the horrible things this man did to her. You said she is making money off this, what company is paying her money as you put it???? I would love to know what organization pays victims.
Amy Cottrill March 18, 2013 at 01:57 AM
You know nothing about this case, cc. You know nothing about Thomas Cottrill or the accuser. The accuser is not some young, innocent child. She is being an actress, and she's almost 16, nearly an adult, who has a long string of bad behavior and lies she's told about various people. Do you mean to tell me you believe there aren't teenagers out there who lie about people to try and ruin their lives? There aren't teenagers out there who commit crimes? You mean to tell me you believe there are no cases out there of people falsely accusing other people of crimes they didn't commit? Then, you are mistaken and perhaps need to take some psychology classes to learn more about the minds of mentally unstable human beings, such as the lying teenager in this case, before you can truly help other people.
Amy Cottrill March 18, 2013 at 02:06 AM
This girl got the idea from other people around her who have falsely accused people of things before, including one case where the accuser was found out to have been lying, and admitted to lying about the man. While I admire your passion for helping victims of crimes, cc, I also realize your belief that mentally unstable people would never lie about another person solely based on age and gender is a dangerous belief. If you are out there to truly help people, then please go back and re-study psychology and gain a deeper understanding of various mental diseases so you could become more qualified in your field and more able to realistically help people. Denying the fact that some mentally unstable teenagers do vicious things and lie about other people is just not realistic.
Amy Cottrill March 18, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Also, quit saying the girl is 5 or 6 or 7 years old. She is almost 16.
Amy Cottrill March 18, 2013 at 02:32 AM
So, the kids during the Salem Witch Trials weren't liars? The mass hysteria and deaths of innocent people caused by kids telling lies is famous. Don't try to tell me 16 year olds can't lie or make false accusations against innocent people. False accusations have happened to many adults over the course of history and still happen often today.
Amy Cottrill March 18, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Oh, and by the way, look at the 16 year old scum bag boys who committed that horrible crime against a girl in the Steubenville rape case. So, you mean to tell me a 16 year old could commit such a disgusting crime as these boys did, but a 16 year old girl, only because she's female, isn't capable of committing a crime of false accusations against a man? Why do you think 16 year olds are tiny little innocent beings who can't possibly do evil? Wake up. This girl who lied about Thomas is a criminal. Scumbags like the Steubenville boys are also criminals and should be punished severely for their awful, evil, disgusting crimes, and liars like the girl in Thomas' case should learn that rape and molestation are very serious issues, and there are real victims out there, such as the girl in the Steubenville case, who really need support and help from everyone, and the Pittsburgh girl in Thomas' case needs to learn not to lie about something so serious. I hope the Pittsburgh girl doesn't make false accusations about any other innocent people, and I hope she gets help. She is evil for taking a subject such as molestation so lightly, placing false accusations on an innocent man, when there are people out there who are actually suffering, like the Steubenville girl. There should be harsh punishment for people who place false accusations on innocent people.
cc March 19, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Just like the two in Stubenville that claimed they were innocent the whole time and the Judge found them guilty. It is always the guilty that are claiming innocent. Do you know that some rape victims act out like you claim this girl is doing. Being a victim of rape can destroy a person's life and they act out because of what was done to them. I hope that this girls parents get her the help that she needs to get over what this monster did to her. He picked a jury trial of his peers and they found him guilty.
cc March 19, 2013 at 05:00 AM
Amy according to what I read on this case, this happened when she was a child of 5 to 7, most children of these ages block out what happens to them. They are usually threatened by their accusers of what they did bad and if they tell anyone they will be the ones punished, won't see their parents. Why don't you learn about PTSD and rape victims. I have been advocating for rape victims for years and it is always the men who claim to be victims of a mean child. Maybe you should go over to Allegheny General Hospital and go talk to counselors over in Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescent and find out about how rape at a young age can impact a pre-teen and teenagers and how they act out as they get older. They have one of the best PTSD clinics in the United States for children and teens who have been raped by monsters.
cc March 19, 2013 at 05:15 AM
And many rapist claim they are innocent yet they continue to rape when they are let out of jail. They have a sickness that attracts them to children. They found the two in Stubenville guilty of Rape while they kept on claiming their innocents. How many people got on the stand to lie for these two rapist and try to say they were innocent, trying to say that the girl who was passed out was in agreement with these monsters to have their way with her. Thomas Cottrill had a jury of his peers and he was found guilty. The DA wouldn't of taken him to court if they didn't have enough evidence from this girl to convict him.
cc March 19, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Just like all the child molesters out there that still claim they are innocent even after they were proven guilty. These boys in Stubenville claimed they were innocent prior to the hearing and during the hearing and were found guilty. It sickens me how men who are rapist try to make them self so innocent. I just hope that this girl is getting treatment for what this monster did to her.
NE12Ukid March 21, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Lying happens: Girl Charged With Lying About Rape http://baldwin-whitehall.patch.com/articles/girl-charged-with-lying-about-rape-cfd3acfb
cc March 21, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Yes she lied about the rape so her parents wouldn't find out where her sucker bites came from. A child who was touched by this monster was 5 or 6 at the time of the incident. Children suppress bad memories till they come out later and most often act out as they were made to feel ashamed of them self by the perpetrator.
Amy Cottrill July 17, 2013 at 02:32 AM
The girl in Thomas' case drastically changed her story, even in the courtroom, more than once, regarding how old she was when this supposedly happened, and changed her story drastically about what even supposedly happened. You are an outsider who makes assumptions and places those assumptions onto every case without always knowing facts, who knows nothing about Thomas Cottrill or the mentally unstable accuser who did this to him. She was almost 16 when this lie came about, and as you can see from the girl who lied about rape to cover up for suckerbites, yes, some nasty teenagers DO lie about rape, as did the girl in Thomas' case. It doesn't matter how old she said she was (she drastically changed the story and the age more than once) - the fact is, she was a lying almost-16 year old when the story came about, and it has nothing to do with reality. She is hungry for her family's love and attention, since she lacked it through her childhood, and she is a trouble-maker as a way to get attention and sympathy. It is sad, for a girl to do this to someone, because she didn't get enough love and attention from her family through out her childhood.


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