RICHMOND — A call to Charlestown police alleging a 15-year-old Richmond male was sexually abusing a minor ended with the teen being arrested on three counts of first-degree child molestation, a felony. The name of the suspect was not released because he is also a minor.
Richmond police say the investigation began Jan. 3, shortly after midnight, when Corporal Justin Vachon and Patrolman John Randall responded to the boy’s home after being advised by Charlestown police of the complaint.
Police said when they arrived at the house the young man fled the residence by jumping out a second-floor window and running into a nearby swamp. This prompted a search by Charlestown and Richmond officers who followed footprints into the snow and eventually found the teen “wet and shivering” from the frigid temperatures.
He was placed in the custody of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families after an investigation by Richmond police and his arrest on Feb. 11.
The teen remains in DCYF custody at least until an unspecified Washington County Family Court hearing date.
— A.J. Algier