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Former Natrona County resident charged with 10 counts of child sex abuse

Richard McVay at initial appearances 12/2/22 (Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — A South Dakota resident has been charged in Natrona County Circuit Court with 10 counts of sexual abuse of a minor from incidents alleged to have occurred while residing in the county over four years ago.

Richard McVay, 43, moved to South Dakota shortly after the investigation began around 2018 and 2019, Assistant District Attorney Mackenzie Morrison told Circuit Court Judge Nichole Collier on Friday at McVay’s initial appearance.

Four alleged instances of abuse carry two charges each: a count of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree and a lesser, included charge in the third degree. There are also two standalone charges of sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree.

McVay is presumed innocent until proven or pleading guilty.

The state asked for a bond of $75,000 cash or surety, arguing that McVay essentially has no ties to the community, in addition to the seriousness of the charges.

McVay’s attorney, Ryan Semerad, asked for $15,000 cash or surety bond, assuring the court that McVay’s intentions were to answer the charges. Semerad said that McVay, while working at a restaurant with family in Deadwood, had arranged to turn himself in after the Natrona County warrant for his arrest was issued on Oct. 27, 2022. Further, McVay did not contest extradition after he was arrested during a Nov. 21 traffic stop, Semerad said.

Judge Collier set bond at $60,000 cash or surety, with the added requirement that McVay not leave Wyoming.