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Fernando and Sophia Richter indicted in Pinal County
 
Date: 1/31/2014
    
Fernando and Sophia Richter indicted in Pinal County

Fernando and Sophia Richter indicted in Pinal County

Florence, AZ (1/31/2014) - On January 31, 2014, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles announced his filing of 24 charges against Fernando Richter, 34 of Tucson, and his wife, Sophia Richter, 32. 

The Pinal County Grand Jury returned True Bills on both individuals on Wednesday, January 15. The arraignment for Fernando and Sophia Richter was held Friday morning at Pinal County Superior Court and both Fernando and Sophia Richter are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

Charges filed by the Pinal County Attorney's Office are as follows:

Fernando Richter, 34 of Tucson, indicted on 15 counts
Counts 1-3: Child abuse, alleging unreasonable confinement; class 4 felonies
Counts 4-6: Child abuse, alleging emotional damage; class 4 felonies
Counts 7-9: Kidnapping, First Degree and Dangerous Crime Against Children on two of the counts; class 4 felonies
Count 10: Aggravated Assault; class 5 felony

Count 11: First Degree Sexual Abuse; DCAC; class 3 felony
Count 12: First Degree Child Molestation; DCAC; class 2 felony
Count 13: Child Abuse; alleging victim was hit causing a bloody nose; class 4 felony
Count 14: Child Abuse; alleging victim was hit with a metal spoon; class 4 felony
Count 15: Child Abuse; alleging victim was hit with a stick; class 4 felony

Sophia Richter, 32 of Tucson, indicted on 9 counts

(Counts 1-9 are identical to counts 1-9 in the indictment filed against Fernando Richter.)
Counts 1-3: Child abuse, alleging unreasonable confinement; class 4 felonies
Counts 4-6: Child abuse, alleging emotional damage; class 4 felonies
Counts 7-9: Kidnapping, First Degree and Dangerous Crime Against Children on two of the counts; class 4 felonies

If Fernando Richter were to be convicted at trial as charged by the Pinal County Attorney's Office, the minimum prison sentence he faces would be 33 years in AZ Department of Corrections and the maximum sentence would be 128.25 years.  If Sophia Richter were convicted at trial as charged by the Pinal County Attorney's Office, she would face a minimum prison sentence of 23 years in DOC and a maximum of 83 years.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles issued the following statement:

"Our children depend on us, as parents, to protect them and provide for them in a safe environment.  No child should live in fear and our youth represent one of our most vulnerable groups in society.  Law enforcement and investigators must act swiftly and decisively to ensure safe surroundings and the best interests of a child.

"Working with detectives from both the Tucson Police Department and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, we saw truly phenomenal cooperation as both agencies conducted a professional, thorough and extraordinarily well-coordinated investigation.

"Specifically, I want to recognize Tucson Chief of Police Robert Villaseñor and his Detectives, Hickey and Avalos, and Sgt. Pegnato-Hill also from the Tucson Police Department and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and his detective, Detective Munger from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office for their cooperation, outstanding work, investigation, and dedication to working with and remaining in communication with my prosecutors throughout the investigation.”

For more information, contact Jim Knupp at 520.866.6573 or by email at jim.knupp@pinalcountyaz.gov.

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Jim Knupp
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