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Iowa man charged with luring teen, sex crimes

DES MOINES – An Iowa man has been charged in a small, rural community with luring a teen and sex crimes as he remains under investigation after his arrest.

On June 12, 2019, following an investigation by the Albia Police Department and Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), 30-year-old Oskaloosa, Iowa resident Andrew James Richardson was arrested and charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree (Class C Felony), three counts of Enticement of a Minor (Class D felony), and four counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (Class C Felony). Richardson is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail on a cash-only bond of $75,000.

The charges against Mr. Richardson follow a complaint made to the Albia Police Department. The complainant reported that sexually explicit photographs of a juvenile female were sent to a social media user, who described himself as a 16-year-old boy. Using the information provided by the complainant, Richardson was identified as the owner of the social media account.

During the investigation, Richardson was found to be in possession of sexually explicit photographs depicting juvenile females. Additionally, evidence was discovered that showed sexual contact between Mr. Richardson and a juvenile female.

The investigation into the activities of Richardson continues.

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