Republic man faces 20 sexual criminal charges

A Republic man is currently
being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond at the Greene County Jail after being charged with 20 counts of felony sex crimes. Richard Douglass Mark, 63, was booked into the Greene County Jail on Monday, Nov. 4, on charges which include: one count of statutory rape, 12 counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, three counts of second-degree child molestation, two counts of first-degree child molestation, and two counts of attempted enticement of a child.
Most of the crimes are alleged to have been committed between Aug. 30, 2017 and Nov. 2 of this year. Four of the counts of first-degree statutory sodomy and one count of second-degree child molestation are alleged to have been committed between Jan 15, 2018 and Nov. 2 of this year; one count of statutory sodomy, the two counts of first-degree child molestation and the two counts of enticement are alleged to have been committed between March 30, 2014 and April 28, 2017.
Two probable cause statements, both heavily redacted, were filed in the case. In the first probable cause statement, the investigator reported that the alleged victims, two girls who were both under the age of 12 at the time the alleged abuse began, reported during a forensic interview that Mark would come into their bedroom at night when they were sleeping and touch them inappropriately. They said they tried to keep him out by locking the door and barricading it, but he would still get in. They also reported that Mark had them touch him inappropriately, offered them “expensive things,” money or food in return for sexual favors, and threatened at least one of them to keep her quiet. According to the second probable cause statement, a person was reported to have found pornographic material on Mark’s cell phone earlier this month. The person said they spoke with one of the girls, who said they could “watch porn” with Mark and also said he had both girls touch him inappropriately.
Later, at another forensic interview, the girls each reported Mark played “Dark Tag,” with them, which was described as “hide and seek in the dark.” During the game, they said, Mark would take his pants down and make them touch him inappropriately.
During the interview, the girls described the sexual acts Mark allegedly performed on them, and the acts he allegedly had them perform on him, both at his residence and at his workplace. Mark is listed online as operating a Farmer’s Insurance Agency on West Republic Road in Springfield.
The girls also reported Mark threatened the girls that they would “get beat” if they told anyone about the abuse, and he would “hurt them if they told their parents,” so they were too afraid to tell anybody about it. One of the girls also said Mark would wash both girls’ clothes before he sent them home.
On Nov. 4, a search warrant was served at Mark’s place of business. He was arrested for child molestation and transported to the Greene County Jail while his office was searched. A search warrant was also served on Mark’s residence; evidence was collected from both places.
Mark is next due in court on Wednesday, Nov. 13. According to online court records, if he makes bond, he will be required to hand over his passport, stay at least two miles away from the girls’ homes at all times, wear a GPS device, have no contact with anyone under the age of 17 and stay away from locations where children congregate.
 

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