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Sacramento police arrest man accused of sexually assaulting 14-year-old girl

Jared Richardson
Jared Richardson Booking photo, Sacramento Police Department

A 23-year-old man has been arrested after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Jared Richardson was taken into custody by Sacramento police detectives Friday at his place of employment in Roseville, according to a Police Department news release.

Sacramento police in September began an investigation of an alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old. It is believed that the victim was introduced to Richardson by a mutual friend through social media, police said. The two reportedly engaged in conversation for a week before the alleged assault occurred.

Police said the investigation revealed that Richardson knew the girl was 14 years old and proceeded to pick her up at a nearby gas station. Richardson then allegedly took her to his apartment, where she was sexually assaulted.

On Wednesday, Sacramento police detectives, in conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, obtained a warrant for Richardson’s arrest.

Following his arrest Friday, Richardson was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges including sexual intercourse with a minor younger than 16.

Police said there may be additional victims in the case. They urge people who believe they were a victim or who may have witnessed any crime connected with Richardson to call the Police Department’s Communications Center at 916-264-5471, or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy