Child sex suspect released on lowered bond

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Golden resident accused of contact with child under 15 years old

A Golden resident charged with sodomy and child molestation was released on a $4,900 bond, lowered from $50,000, cash only, after appearing in court on Nov. 22.

Octavio “Richard” Ochoa, 33, of Golden, is charged with first-degree statutory sodomy and second-degree child molestation.

According to court records, Ochoa appeared on Nov. 22 facing a cash-only bond of $50,000, and after a motion for bond reduction filed by Attorney Mark Allan Hammer, of St. Louis, Ochoa was released on bond of $4,900, which at 10 percent came to a $490 cost.

A warrant for Ochoa’s arrest was issued on Oct. 12. Gary Davis, Barry County sheriff, said Ochoa appeared in court with his attorney and was not officially arrested for the charges.

“We investigated and got the warrant, but we never found him to arrest him,” Davis said. “He presented himself with his attorney in court.”

On Nov. 2, the Barry County Sheriff’s office posted on its Facebook page asking for information on Ochoa’s whereabouts.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Angela Cole, deputy with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Ochoa is accused of inappropriate sexual contact and touching of the victim.

The victim said on or about the beginning of June 2017, while staying with a family member, Ochoa committed the acts when the family member left the home. Ochoa allegedly woke the victim up, made the victim go to the bathroom and committed the acts, waking the victim again and repeating the alleged offense less than 30 minutes later.

At the time of the incident, the victim was less than 15 years of age.

Ochoa was released on the $4,900 bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 6, 2018, in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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