RPD: Man arrested, accused of sexually abusing young girl

RICHLAND, Wash. - A 36-year-old man is behind bars after being suspected of sexually abusing a minor.

In court documents, Justin Matthew Schmidt is said to have abused a girl in December. The crime was reported by the child's father. The girl told her dad that Schmidt had touched her inappropriately.

The father told Richland detectives that Schmidt knows his ex-wife, according to court documents.

After detectives spoke with the child, they interviewed Schmidt about the allegations. He said the young girl told her mother about the inappropriate contact. Schmidt stated to the girl that he was sorry.

Schmidt is being held on a $250,000 bail and was arraigned on Thursday. He was arrested for rape of a child in the first degree.


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