RACINE — A Racine man sentenced to more than 14 decades behind bars apologized in court Thursday for sexually assaulting a half-dozen children and videotaping the attacks, while acknowledging “sorry isn’t good enough.”
Former Gateway Technical College student Alexander R. Richter, 30, was sentenced Thursday to 145 years in prison plus another 75 years on extended supervision for sexually assaulting six children, whom he met through their parents, fellow technical college students.
“I’d just like to say that I’m sorry. I want to get my health back to normal so I don’t do things like that,” Richter said during his sentencing. “Sorry isn’t good enough.”
The children were molested in Richter’s Jacato Drive apartment between March 2009 and October 2012, according to police and Richter’s criminal complaints.
He videotaped himself taking pictures of the children while they were engaged in these sex acts, investigators have said. One DVD was titled “Monster Unleashed.”
Racine County Circuit Judge Tim Boyle acknowledged that his sentence means Richter will spend the rest of his life in prison.
“Although he didn’t kill anybody, he killed something inside of these children,” Boyle said. “(Richter is) utterly disturbed and evil.”
Richter, who has no children, was working to obtain his associate’s degree in accounting to go into his father’s accounting business, Boyle said.
He had no prior criminal record. But Boyle said Richter’s brother also is a convicted sex offender.
Detectives reported confiscating more than 195 photos and at least 23 videos of the six children being sexually assaulted. Those pictures and videos were seized after police served a search warrant Nov. 9, 2012, on Richter’s apartment, according to police. But there were six children involved in the two criminal cases Richter was sentenced for Thursday. Those children ranged in age from 2 1/2 to 6 or 7 years old, Boyle said.
Richter pleaded no contest in September to four of the more than four dozen charges originally filed against him. He was sentenced on Thursday for repeated sexual assault of a child, sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child.
As part of the plea agreement, Assistant District Attorney Robert Repischak asked Thursday that Richter be sentenced to 80 years in prison.
“I’ve prosecuted some of the most dangerous and deviant sexual offenders in Racine County. It’s clear he has no remorse,” Repischak said during the hearing. “This is a man who needs to be taken out of society until the day he dies. He’s a very dangerous individual, a destructive individual and someone who should never see one hour of freedom ever again.”
Assistant State Public Defender Margaret Johnson asked for 30 years in prison, plus “extensive supervision” time.
“That would give Mr. Richter what he wants most: treatment. Mr. Richter does take full responsibility for what occurred. He does want to be able to function properly in society,” Johnson told Boyle.
“My purpose was to make sure he spent the rest of his life in prison without subjecting the children to the trauma of a trial,” Repischak said after the hearing. “The judge absolutely guaranteed that.”
Repischak said Richter’s child sexual assaults go “back to when he was a teenager. He was engaged in child molestation back then, (in) his teenage years.”
But no further charges will be filed against Richter, Repischak said.
“I don’t know if they were ever reported (initially),” he said.