Richmond man sentenced to 14 years for statutory rape

A Richmond man will spend the next 14 years in prison for the statutory rape of a 12-year-old girl.
David Lee Hendricks entered a guilty plea in February to five felony counts of statutory sodomy and two counts of child molestation.
His sentence was handed down yesterday by Ray County Senior Judge Werner Moentmann.
Hendricks received seven years on three counts of sodomy. Two of the counts will run consecutively while the third will run concurrent.
The alleged incidents occurred between July 14 and July 19 2008 at Hendrick’s residence in Richmond.
Police were called to the residence on July 20 for a disturbance call. At that time the victim gave a statement alleging sexual abuse.
On Aug. 8, the victim and her father went and gave a statement to a caseworker at Synergy Services. The victim indicated that she met Hendricks while visiting a boyfriend who was living with Hendricks. The victim said in the statement that she went to visit the friend who was not at home, but was invited in by Hendricks. At the time Hendricks’ wife was not at home, but his two daughters, ages 1 and 2, were present and some sexual acts were performed in front of the children.
The report then says the incident was broken up by the friend of the victim arriving home where an argument broke out between Hendricks and the friend.
Five days later, the report says that Hendricks took the victim to an old burned out cabin in the woods where more sexual contact was made. The victim stated in the report that she told Hendricks that she was 13-years-old even though she had not yet turned 13.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police investigated the cabin and took photos. At the scene a condom was recovered Hendricks reportedly wore. Police showed the photos to the victim, and were identified as the correct location and condom.
Police then interviewed the friend of the victim. The friend confirmed the report of the victim, and added that Hendricks and his wife got in a heated exchange because it took Hendricks and the victim an hour and a half to walk a couple of blocks.
The friend also said that Hendricks confirmed the incident by saying, “that (derogatory term) wanted it,” after he was released from jail.

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