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Crime briefs

Police: Man asked girl

for explicit images

A Centre County man is accused of attempting to solicit sexually explicit images from a minor, court documents stated.

James Richards III, 41, of Julian, was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge

Benjamin F. Jones on three felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors, the court docket stated.

Police accuse Richards of messaging a 17-year-old girl and attempting to solicit sexually explicit messages in August.

According to the complaint, Richards asked the girl if she would “snitch me out” if he asked her “something bad.”

After the victim declined to share sexually explicit images with him, Richards allegedly voiced concerns to the minor at the end of the conversation about “getting into trouble.”

Richards denied that he tried to solicit sexually explicit images from the victim, instead he accused the victim or a coworker of fabricating the messages, the police report stated.

Richards is detained at Blair County Prison after being unable to post cash bail of $35,000.

He is to appear for a preliminary hearing Nov. 3 before Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio.

Altoona man accused

of taking ATV

A city man was arrested after he allegedly stole an ATV, court documents stated.

Bryce Richard Graham, 22, was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones on two felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, the court docket stated.

Police were dispatched for a stolen ATV at 9:14 a.m. Tuesday on the 900 block of Seventh Avenue. The victim reported to officers that the ATV went missing overnight, and police located the ATV hidden under a blue tarp later that day at a residence on the 900 block of Fifth Avenue.

Graham is accused of taking the ATV 12:30 a.m. and ratcheting it to a tree.

Graham allegedly told police he took the ATV to a friend’s residence where he removed the ATV’s seat and painted the red plastic fenders black.

Graham was released on unsecured bail of $10,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled

Nov. 3 before Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio.

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