WASHBURN COUNTY — Bond has been revoked for Spooner, WI man, Zachary Richardson following his plea of No Contest to charges of child sexual assault and possession of child pornography at a hearing in Washburn County Circuit Court on December 3, 2019.
DrydenWire.com reported in January 2019, that Richardson was facing charges of Class B Felony Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child; Class B Felony 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child Under Age 12; Class B Felony Sexual Assault of a Child Under 16 Years of Age; 3 Counts of Class C Felony [Unlawful Sexual Contact With a Child]; 2 Counts of Class I Felony Exposing a Child to Harmful Material; 2 Counts of Class F Felony Causing Child Under 13 to View/Listen to Sexual Activity; 2 Counts of Class I Felony Exposing Genitals following an investigation by the Spooner Police Department.
Online circuit court records show that additional criminal charges were later added to the case against Richardson, charging him with 7 counts of Class D Felony Possession of Child Pornography, and 3 counts of Class C Felony Child Sexual Exploitation - Videos, Records, etc.
Richardson’s case was scheduled for a 3-day Jury Trial starting on December 11, 2019. Online circuit court records show that at the hearing on December 3, 2019, the Court accepted Richardson’s plea of No Contest to charges of Class B Felony Repeated Sexual Assault of Same Child (At Least 3 Violations of 1st Degree Sexual Assault); Class B Felony 1st Degree Child Sexual Assault - Intercourse with Person under 12; Class C Felony 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of Child; and 2 counts of Class D Felony Possession of Child Pornography.
The Court revoked Richardson’s bond and he was remanded to the custody of the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office.
Richardson is scheduled to be sentenced on his convictions in February 2020.
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