Parents accused of holding their three daughters captive indicted on multiple counts
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)- A grand jury indicted Fernando and Sophia Richter on multiple child abuse and kidnapping charges Friday, according to Pima County Superior Court.
The Richters are accused of holding their three daughters captive for nearly two years.
The charges are as follows:
- Counts One and Two: Kidnapping, Class 2 felony, Alleged as a Dangerous Crime Against Children. Count Three: Kidnapping, Class 2 felony. Count Four and Five: Aggravated Assault Dangerous Weapon/Dangerous Instrucment, Class 2 felony. Count Six: Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, Class 5 felony. Counts Seven, Eight and Nine: Child Abuse, Class 4 felony.
- Counts One and Two: Kidnapping, Class 2 felony. Count Three: Kidnapping, Class 2 felony. Counts Four, Five and Six: Child Abuse, Class 4 felony.
9OYS has learned Fernando spit and fought with officers who showed up on the scene. That explains the new count of aggravated assault.
And that's not all, the County Attorney says a majority of the criminal activity also occured in Pinal County, likely in a Catalina home 9OYS toured last week. Acts not covered by this indictment could be prosecuted by the Pinal County Attorney's Office. That office is still reviewing the case.
Both Fernando and Sophia are due back in court for their arraignment on December 13th.