Coach charged with abuse

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) - A volunteer coach for an elementary school
basketball team has been charged with sexually abusing teenage
girls.

The Paducah Sun reports that 46-year-old Donald Richard of Fancy
Farm was arrested Monday and charged with multiple counts of
sodomy, sexual abuse and using a minor in a sexual performance. The
charges involve four girls.

Richard pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday and Graves
District Judge Deborah Crooks ordered that he be assigned a public
defender.

Richard has served as a volunteer assistant basketball coach for
Fancy Farm Elementary School for the last two years.

Graves County School District spokesman says Paul Schaumburg
says a background check of Richard came back approved. According to court records, he has no prior criminal record.
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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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