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Level 3 sex offender charged with assault on a child

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Daniel Snay, 62, of Uxbridge is currently registered as a Level 3 sex offender. Daniel Snay, 62, of Uxbridge is currently registered as a Level 3 sex offender.
UXBRIDGE, Mass. (WHDH) -

Police and lawmakers are crying out for a legislative fix after learning a sex offender used his lottery winnings to buy the silence of an under aged victim.

Legislators and police want to prevent people like this from winning and collecting large amount of money but lottery officials said there's really not much they can do.

Already a convicted sex offender, Daniel Snay stood in court Monday accused again of sexually abusing a child.

“The boy stated the defendant talked him into participating several sexual acts and regularly gave him gifts as part of their relationship,” a prosecuting attorney said in court.

But the image many in Uxbridge have of him is of a $10 million dollar lottery winner.

Prosecutors said between 2008 and 2012 Snay used his windfall to win over a 10-year-old boy whose mother was at one time living with Snay. Even after she moved out she let the boy continue to stay the night in Snay's home and camper where the alleged assaults happened.

“In addition to inappropriately touching him, this defendant showed him various pornographic videos. The victim also stated the majority of these acts took place in a camper in Uxbridge,” a prosecuting attorney said in court.

The victim, now 16-years-old, came forward to police.

Snay's friends find the charges hard to believe.

“Dan’s a very good friend of mine. He’s innocent and time will prove that,” one woman said.

Snay's attorney said his past, having 3 child abuse convictions dating back to 1973, and his millions, make him a target.

“I believe there are going to be serious questions of fact in this case, particularly with regard to the attention everybody’s giving to the lottery win,” Defense Attorney Sam Goldberg said.

Snay is being held on $5 million bail. His attorneys said even though Snay won the $10 million lottery, he doesn't have access to that kind of cash to post bail.


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