A Memphis man is charged with raping a child who attended the same church as him. Police say Mark Richard, 31, raped the boy 7 years ago.
Investigators say the rape was first reported by the child’s mother in December 2013. The next March through a written statement, the boy told investigators that in 2009, when he was 7-years-old, a man raped him at Messiah Baptist Church during a service.
It wasn’t until June 2016 that investigators identified Richard as the suspect. At that time, police say the boy was able to identify Richard from a photo lineup.
Police say after agreeing to come in for an interview, Richard did not show up two separate times. Richard was arrested September 18th, 2016. He is behind bars on $100,000 bond. His next court date is set for September 26th.