With the man who he believes raped his daughter likely never to come to trial, Jack — not his real name — has no problem expressing his thoughts on the matter.

“Unjustice has definitely been done,” Jack said.

Jack’s problem with the legal system intensified Wednesday when a judge again found Ronald Prezioso, 80, formerly of Farrell, incompetent to stand trial.

Prezioso, a resident of John XXIII Home, Hermitage, was charged by Southwest Mercer County Regional police with rape, statutory rape, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure and terroristic threats, and by Hermitage police with criminal solicitation to bribe a witness.

Prezioso sexually assaulted a Hermitage girl from the time she was 5 to the time she was 9 in his home, threatened to shoot her father and tried to buy off the family so they wouldn’t press charges, police said.

Prezioso was declared incompetent a year ago, and the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office asked for a new evaluation. Two specialists evaluated Prezioso and concluded he could not participate or assist in his own defense, said Assistant District Attorney William J. Moder III.

Prezioso suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, said defense attorney William G. McConnell Jr.

The charges remain active, but no action will be taken in his case unless his mental condition improves, which both sides said is unlikely. The case will be reviewed again in another year.

Jack said he did not know Prezioso was in John XXIII, but doubts that he has been incompetent the entire time the case has been pending. He said he and other family members saw Prezioso shopping, mowing his grass, and about town.

“The system moves so slow it gave him two years to deteriorate,” Jack said, adding that he does not expect the criminal case will ever move forward.

The assaults occurred during what was once a close family relationship.

“This guy used to be like a father to me,” Jack said.

Prezioso was at Jack’s family’s house all the time, and participated in every family occasion. His image colors hours of family home videos.

“We had so many hours of memorable family occasions,” Jack said.

Jack would quiz his daughter about whether anyone had touched her, a proactive effort of parental protection that turned to ugly irony because Prezioso was present for those sessions.

Jack said the only people he ever trusted to baby-sit his children were his parents and Prezioso.

The bond was so strong that his daughter did not tell anyone in her family for years what Prezioso had done to her, Jack said.

“She did it for her mother and father, not for him,” Jack said of his daughter’s concealment.

The girl told her family — she had told friends — once the family relationship with Prezioso started to sour.

Jack said he believes part of the reason the relationship deteriorated was because Prezioso had started to crack under the strain of what he is accused of doing. Jack gave this account of his wife coming across Prezioso one day after charges had been filed:

“He started bawling and said, ‘I’m sorry.’ She said, ‘You’re going to burn in hell.’ He said, ‘I’m sure I will.’ ”

Although Jack has no kind thoughts left for Prezioso, he wished that they could meet and talk about what happened. If Prezioso had said to everyone that he was sorry, it might have made a difference, Jack said.

Jack faults the legal system for preventing this because both sides are told not to talk to each other.

“Mediation might have brought some satisfaction to this,” he said.

As for his daughter, Jack said she is doing well in that she is a good student and hard worker and has completed her first year of college.

But, the now-19-year-old woman has been deeply affected by what she endured, Jack said.

“Is it bothering her? Yes,” Jack said. “I can see it in her relationships with guys.”

She refuses to get help, although Jack said he believes she needs it. He said he believes she blames herself for what happened.

“She feels that she should have known to say no,” Jack said. “You can’t say no at 5 years old. She shouldn’t be ashamed. She did nothing wrong.”

“You can’t put a price on what happened to her,” Jack said, although a favorable outcome to a pending civil suit might help. “Her childhood was taken away from her.”