A Beatrice man has been accused of sexually assaulting a child earlier this year.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Gage County deputies, along with the Wymore police chief, arrested 36-year-old James A. Richards at his residence on a warrant for first-degree sexual assault of a child.

The charges stem from incidents that occurred in Wymore with a female victim who was 3 years old at the time.

The Child Advocacy Center conducted a forensic interview of the victim and it was that interview, along with an interview of the suspect, that resulted in the issuance of the warrant.

According to the warrant, the alleged events took place in a bathroom of the residence between May 25 and July 20 of this year. The alleged assault was reported to authorities by the victim’s parents in late July.

Richards previously agreed to speak with authorities and said that he lived in the same residence as the victim at the time of the incidents.

The warrant states Richards said he changed the victim out of her swimsuit on occasion, and allegedly admitted to touching her inappropriately during one of these instances.

Richards is a registered sex offender and was arrested at the residence he had listed on the sex offender registry.



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