New Felony Sex Abuse Charges for Blue Springs Man

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prosecutors have filed new felony charges against a Blue Springs man now accused of molesting three young girls.

Richard G. Burroughs, 43, was charged on Friday with first-degree statutory sodomy and first-degree child molestation involving an alleged third victim. Last week, Burroughs was charged with three felony and two misdemeanor charges in relation to two other victims – all under the age of 14.

According to court documents, Burroughs is alleged to have sexually abused two of the girls when they were at his house for a sleep-over with his daughter.

According to the probable cause statement, a 12-year-old girl told police Burroughs came into his daughter’s bedroom where she and his daughter were staying and touched her when he thought she was asleep. She says she woke up the next morning and told the daughter, who suggested she must have dreamed it. This allegedly occurred in October or November.

An 11-year-old told police she was at the computer at Burroughs’ house when he approached her, telling her he wanted to show her something on the computer. She says he rubbed his arm slowly down her chest.

The two alleged victims spent the night together on New Year’s Eve, shared their stories and then decided to tell the school counselor.

During the police interview, Burroughs explained he covered the girls with a blanket in the middle of the night when the 12-year-old friend was sleeping over, but said his hand did not roam anywhere it shouldn’t. When asked by police if they could look at his computer, Burroughs said he should consult an attorney.

The mother of the 12-year-old girl says Burroughs has been coaching her daughter’s soccer team for four or five years and also coaches her softball team.

According to court documents, the alleged third victim, a 13-year-old girl, came forward after seeing a report about Burroughs on the news. She told police that Burroughs had molested her while she was home alone sometime between December 2010 and January 2011.

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