G.I. Man Accused in Child Rape Case in Court

By: Steve Ross Email
By: Steve Ross Email

The man accused of raping a young girl at Grand Island's Riverbend Apartment Complex has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Abraham Richardson, 26, appeared in Hall County Court on Friday for his first appearance in the case.

Richardson is charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 12, kidnapping, and first-degree assault - all felonies.

His district court arraignment is scheduled for March 13.

An arrest affidavit filed in Hall County court is shedding light on the alleged crime of October 2.

It says police interviewed a neighbor who said she heard noises she believed to be animals fighting. It says that she turned on her patio light and saw a young girl wearing a pajama top and crying.

"[The neighbor] asked the little girl if she needed help and she said yes...while the little girl was crying she was saying things like 'he took my pants off', 'he hurt my body', 'my body hurts.'"

Court documents tell the horrific tale of the girl's physical appearance when she was found.

The 4-year-old was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center where she underwent surgery.

Police also interviewed a woman who says she saw the rape from her vehicle.

"[The woman] advised she could hear a child yelling and a male voice saying 'shh and hush.' She also advised she heard the child saying, 'I'm lost.' "

Court documents also contain parts of an interview with the girl at the Child Advocacy Center. There, she told authorities she went into her mother's bedroom where "the bad man" grabbed her. She told police, "He took me to the water" and that the bad man had also said to her "it would be over in a minute."

Numerous tips led to Abraham Richardson, who had lived in an apartment across from the victim's apartment.

Police said Richardson's girlfriend consented to a search of her apartment on October 6. There, authorities said they found bloody clothes that belonged to Richardson. Police report that the blood was found to contain DNA from both Richardson and the victim.

Richardson was arrested on October 20, on separate charges of receiving and distributing child pornography and possession of child pornography.

He remains in federal custody.


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