Accused Child Predator from Northern W.Va. on the Run

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ/WV MetroNews) — An accused child predator from Marion County, West Virginia, is on the run, and West Virginia State Police troopers say evidence from him has been found in Charleston.

Our media partner WV MetroNews reports that Robert Richards allegedly left Marion County when he learned police were investigating sexual assault allegations against him.

Investigators say they found a U-Haul rental in Charleston that was in Richards’ name.

Richards faces four felony counts of first-degree sexual assault and four felony counts of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian, according to the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit.

A 5-year-old girl told her mother that Richards inappropriately touched her on several occasions while babysitting, WV MetroNews reports.

Anyone with information about the case or Richards’ whereabouts is asked to call (304) 367-2701.