RACINE — 28-year-old Alexander Richter now faces 23 new felony counts related to child pornography he is accused of producing while allegedly molesting children. Police say Richter befriended classmates at Gateway Technical College and then offered to babysit their children.
Police arrested Richter on Thursday, November 9th. He now faces a total of 49 charges for allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulting six children ranging from five years old to 12 years old.
Of the new counts against him, eight are first degree sexual assault of a child charges, eight are sexual exploitation of a child – filming charges and seven are possession of child pornography charges.
The 23 new charges come after police searched Richter’s home, and found several DVDs — one labeled “Monster Unleashed.”
“When we look at the name of the DVD that’s been made, ‘Monster Unleashed,’ I think that deals directly with the kind of individual we’re dealing with here,” Racine County’s District Attorney said.
On two of these DVDs, investigators say Richter was observed sexually assaulting the six children — two of the children on the first disc, and four of the children on the “Monster Unleashed” disc.
According to the criminal complaint against Richter, all the events shown in the DVDs took place in Ricther’s apartment on Jacato Drive between 2009 and 2012.
The Racine County District Attorney Thursday explained the charges against Richter in simple terms: “These are as shocking and disturbing as any we will ever see.”
On Thursday, Richter’s bond was set at $1 million.
Police have indicated more victims have come forward in recent days. They would like to speak with anyone who may have had their children watched by Richter over the last few years.
“We are concerned there are multiple victims, multiple areas, potentially multiple cities. Most every investigator that’s working on this case has children and as such, we’re doing what we would want done if our children were victimized, that’s the way we look at this case,” Racine Police Chief Art Howell said.
Police say some knew Richter simply by the nickname “Roach.”
A neighbor of Richter’s told FOX6 News he saw Richter with any number of children at different times.
“Never thought they were somebody else’s. I thought they were nieces and nephews that he was babysitting, and then they leave. I thought they weren’t being harmed or abused,” the neighbor said.
Anyone with information that could help police in this case is asked to contact the Racine County Dispatch Center at 262-886-2300. Individuals may also contact Crimestoppers at 262-636-9330 or text RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and refer to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with the text message.