A Beatrice man convicted of sexually assaulting a 3 year old was sentenced to 30-50 years in prison.
James A. Richards, 37, was sentenced by District Court Judge Rick Schreiner on Wednesday for attempted third-degree sexual assault of a child.
Attorneys reached a plea deal in June reducing the charge from first-degree sexual assault of a child in exchange for a guilty or no contest plea. Also as part of the plea agreement, defense and prosecuting attorneys agreed to remain silent at the time of sentencing, and no arguments were made on Wednesday.
Richards was arrested in December 2017 on a charge stemming 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.
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According to the warrant, the alleged events took place in a bathroom of the residence. The assault was reported to authorities by the victim’s parents in July 2017.
The warrant stated 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 was already a registered sex offender at the time.
In March 2018 Richards’ attorney, Lee Timan, requested a competency exam in the case.
The court found Richards incompetent to stand trial last June and ordered that he be held for continued inpatient services at the Lincoln Regional Center, until it was determined he was competent to stand trial.