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Man charged with alleged rape of girl, 15

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By Sharon Graves

A Carrollton man was arrested Dec. 23 and charged with the alleged rape of a juvenile.

During the investigation, Carrollton Police also charged James E. Richards, 27, with third-degree sodomy. Both charges are Class D felonies.

Richards, who lives on Old Hwy. 227, is alleged to have had an ongoing relationship with the 15-year-old girl, according to Assistant Police Chief Steve Abbott.

The girl’s guardian reported the incidents.

Richards is being held in the Carroll County Regional Detention Center on $10,000 full-cash bond – $5,000 for each charge.

Upon conviction, each Class D felony carries a penalty of one-to-five years in prison and fines of $1,000 to $10,000.

In Kentucky, a juvenile cannot legally give consent to have sex until age 16. Therefore sex with a minor, even if consent is given, is a criminal offense.

According to court documents,

Richards also had been arrested Dec. 22, the day before the rape charges were filed, for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, first offense, and driving without a license. His bond was set at $1,500 with the condition that he would not drive and would commit no further violations.

Richards also was arrested on other charges in September and October last year. On Oct. 12, he was charged with three misdemeanor traffic violations and issued four traffic citations. He was released on a $1,000 cash bond on the condition that he was not to drive, according to court records.

Previously, on Sept. 26, Richards was arrested on two misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct, and was cited for alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense. He was released on a $250 cash bond on those charges, court records show.

Richards is scheduled to appear in Carroll County District Court Thursday, Jan. 8, for a preliminary hearing on the rape charge and a continued first appearance on the charge of driving without a license.