Tri States Public Radio Staff
Wed November 30, 2005
Life Sentences for Child Abuser
Rushville, IL – A Schuyler County man convicted of sexually assaulting and abusing children has been sentenced to nine consecutive terms of life in prison. However, 54-year old Richard Kitch remains at large. Police believe he fled to Korea and is now in Hong Kong. Authorities say his attacks on two children happened between March 2000 and March 2003. Kitch was arrested in March of this year. He was released after paying his $20,000 bond in cash. Authorities discovered Kitch had fled when he failed to appear for a court date in September. Despite his absence, Kitch was tried in October. He was convicted of nine counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.