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Boone man now charged with child endangerment

Andrew Richards

STRATFORD — A Boone man who was charged with several sexual misconduct charges in February is now instead facing two counts of child endangerment.

Andrew Lee Richards, 34, was charged with lascivious acts with a child, a Class C felony; indecent contact with a child; lascivious conduct with a minor and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, all aggravated misdemeanors, in Webster County, after he allegedly assaulted a juvenile.

Subsequent investigation found that while an assault is still alleged, there was no sexual motivation in the incident, according to officials.

On Tuesday, District Court Judge John Flynn, granted a motion to dismiss the original charges from the Webster County Attorney’s Office.

On Friday, the Webster County Attorney’s Office filed new charges against Richards — two counts of child endangerment, both aggravated misdemeanors.

The trial information alleges that Richards acted in a manner that created a “substantial risk” to the victim’s physical, mental or emotional health or safety by providing an unsafe environment and committing assault upon the victim.

Richards is scheduled to be arraigned on May 17.

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