According to court documents, Jason R., Richardson, 30, appeared in Clay Superior Court Thursday to be formally charged with two counts of class C felony child molesting for two incidents of inappropriate "fondling or touching to satisfy the sexual desires of a child" with an unidentified juvenile younger than 14-years-old.
Although information is withheld about the juvenile victim to protect their identity, court records confirm the investigation began in late July about allegations of the incidents that occurred sometime between Feb.1-May 31, 2009.
On Wednesday, Richardson was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center to await formal court proceedings.
Appearing before Judge J. Blaine Akers on Thursday, Richardson was advised of the formal charges, the potential penalties and his constitutional rights before an informal "not guilty" plea was entered on his behalf. A public defender was appointed to the case, which is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 22, 2010, and a "no contact" order was established on behalf of the victim in the matter.
Facing a $10,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed), Richardson remains incarcerated at the CCJC to wait for further court proceedings.