Ukiah man pleads guilty to sexually abusing child for 18 months – California News

Ukiah man pleads guilty to sexually abusing child for 18 months – California News

A Ukiah man has been convicted of continuous child sexual abuse following a report by an 11-year-old girl, according to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office.

David John Richard, 52, of Ukiah, pleaded guilty Friday to continuously sexually abusing a child under the age of 14.

He was arrested Sept. 8 by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, one month after the report of abuse was received by the Mendocino County Department of Child Protective Services.

Richard confessed to having committed the abuse over a period of 18 months, including at least five and up to 10 or more acts of substantial sexual conduct with a young girl, now 11 years old.

Richard’s criminal history dates back to 1992, when he pleaded guilty to grand theft, admitting to taking more than $200 from an undercover agent during a sting operation that summer, the Daily Journal reported. Then 26, Richard had been an officer with the Ukiah Police Department for two years. He was arrested Aug. 17, 1991, after he reportedly removed $220 from an undercover Department of Justice employee’s wallet.

Ukiah police set up the sting after two men Richard had arrested, non-English speakers, reported to police they were missing money. Richard fell for the ruse outside a North State Street bar, the agent posing as a drunk man who did not speak English.

Preliminary hearing testimony stated that Richard took the money from the agent’s wallet on the way to the county jail. A fellow officer later observed him hiding the bills, wrapped in a booking sheet, under a planter box near the courthouse.

Richard was sentenced to 270 days in jail with three years…

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