The former Ralston teacher convicted of sexual assault of a child learned his fate in court Wednesday. Nicholas Richter, 60, was sentenced to 14-15 years in prison and will receive 137 days credit for time served.
Richter was convicted of three counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child in December after his first trial ended with a hung jury in August.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said prosecutors pushed for the maximum sentence for Richter.
”It’s very unsettling for parents, for people who mentor young people. It’s frightening,” Kleine said.
The accusations against Richter date to 2008. He had taught at Seymour, Mockingbird and Meadows elementary schools.
“That’s what the case is about, those young folks coming forward and having the courage to do what they did,” Kleine said.
Defense attorney Joe Howard pushed for probation based on Richter’s clean record and what he found to be a low risk of reoffending.
“All he’s done in his life is serve other people. He’s a teacher and that’s what he did,” Howard said.