Bond has been set at $100,000 for a Beatrice man accused of sexually assaulting a child.

James A. Richards, 36, was arrested earlier this week on a warrant. he appeared in Gage County Court Thursday morning for a bond setting.

Richards is charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child, a class 1B felony. His next hearing is set for Jan. 4.

The charge stems 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 a 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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