The dad is identifed as MARK RICHARDS. As a result of Richard Gardner and the parental alientation syndrome (PAS) pushers, it's now standard operating procedure for pedophiles and sexual abusers of all stripes to claim that the crazy mommy lied/coached the kids. (As if abusers NEVER lie or coach/intimidate the kids into not revealing the abuse). However, notice that Mom PASSED a lie detector test. Not to worry, though. I'm sure this dude and his attorneys will come up with another slime ball assault on her integrity.
Father faces indecent assault chargesBy Christopher J. Hughes email@example.com
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SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP – A township resident was arraigned this week on charges he inappropriately touched his children in a so-called tickling game on several occassions.
Mark Richards, 49, of Northern Spy Road, South Abington Township, faces two counts each of aggravated indecent assault of a child less than 13 years old, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, and endangering the welfare of children.
According to an affidavit:
An investigation into the allegations began in July by Lackawanna County Children and Youth Services. Richards told investigators that he believed “he is being set up” by his estranged wife, Patricia, as a result of their pending divorce.
In an interview with representatives of the Children’s Advocacy Center, his son said “there is a problem with my dad, he’s been sticking his hands down my underwear and playing with my private parts, and says it’s a tickle game… I know it’s inappropriate so I have to tell my mom.”
The alleged abuse only occurred at the children’s grandmother’s home, according to interviews with the two children.
“Both said he only used his fingers, both said he inserts his fingers in their rectums, both said it hurts and both said they saw it happen to the other child,” the affidavit states.
Because of Mr. Richards’ allegations that the claims were fabricated by his wife, Mrs. Richards underwent a lie detector test on Sept. 26. That test showed no deception when she told investigators she did not coach the children into making up the allegations against their father.
Mr. Richards was arraigned Oct. 10 and held for $50,000 bail. All charges are pending, and a preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 18.