On June 12, following an investigation by the Albia Police Department and Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), 30-year Oskaloosa resident Andrew James Richardson was arrested and charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree (Class C Felony), three counts of Enticement of a Minor (Class D felony), and four counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (Class C Felony). Richardson is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail on a cash-only bond of $75,000.
The charges against Richardson follow a complaint made to the Albia Police Department. The complainant reported that sexually explicit photographs of a juvenile female were sent to a social media user, who described himself as a 16-year old boy. Using the information provided by the complainant, Richardson was identified as the owner of the social media account.
During the investigation, Richardson was found to be in possession of sexually explicit photographs depicting juvenile females. Additionally, evidence was discovered that showed sexual contact between Richardson and a juvenile female.
The investigation into the activities of Mr. Richardson continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Albia Police Department at 641-932-7815 or the Division of Criminal Investigation at 515-725-6010.