Sexual Assault

College student accused of molesting children -- police want to ID victims

2012-11-12T14:11:00Z 2013-12-12T09:35:17Z College student accused of molesting children -- police want to ID victimsKRISTEN ZAMBO Journal Times

RACINE — A Gateway Technical College student remained jailed Monday on charges that he sexually assaulted at least six children, some of whom police want to identify.

Alexander R. Richter, 28, of the 2800 block of Jacato Drive, allegedly molested the children after meeting some of their parents at Gateway Technical College.

Richter was charged Monday with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child, 12 counts of sexual exploitation of a child by filming and 12 counts of possession of child pornography after he was accused of sexually assaulting the children and filming the alleged attacks in his Racine apartment.

Richter, a student at Gateway’s Racine campus, was known to have cared for the children of fellow students, according to Racine police. Investigators contend he allegedly videotaped the molestations after convincing some of his fellow students to let him babysit for the children, according to authorities.

“We have DVDs of other children whom we have (not yet identified),” Racine County Assistant District Attorney Robert Repischak said during Richter’s initial appearance in court Monday.

The assaults occurred between October 2011 and last month, and the six children appear to be between the ages of 2 and 10, according to the criminal complaint. Investigators believe he may have victimized additional children, according to police.

“Right now we have two (victims identified),” District Attorney Rich Chiapete said after Richter’s initial court appearance. “There’s probably more (victims out there).”

Racine police want to speak with anyone who may have allowed Richter to watch their children in the last few years, police stated. They may contact the Racine County Regional Dispatching Center at (262) 886-2300.

Richter befriended the mother of two of the children while she also attended Gateway, Chiapete said.

“If it’s a police situation, we do refer to the police,” Gateway spokesman Lee Colony said Monday.

Investigators believe that videos taken from Richter’s apartment show at least four other children — three girls and one boy — who reportedly also were victimized, according to reports.

The two identified children are a 7-year-old boy and his 5-year-old sister, Chiapete said. Richter reportedly told the mother he loved children, but couldn’t have any — convincing the woman to allow him to baby sit her children, according to police and court records.

Richter also reportedly would record some of the children’s baths, and post the videos on his computer, police and court records stated.

In asking for “a reasonable bond” Monday, during Richter’s initial appearance in court, Assistant State Public Defender Erin Larsen said Richter has no prior criminal record.

Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch instead set his bond at $500,000 cash, and ordered Richter not to have any contact with the alleged victims, nor with any other children. She set his preliminary hearing for Nov. 21.

Richter was booked into the Racine County Jail on Friday, according to jail logs.

When police served a search warrant on Richter’s apartment Friday, investigators recovered more than 190 photos and more than 20 videos of the children being sexually assaulted, according to police. But four of the six children have yet to be identified, police stated.

Staff reporters Lindsay Fiori and Stephanie Jones contributed to this report.

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