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Wednesday, May 9, 2018
No Justice: Man Who Held Woodbury Woman Captive 2 Days and Raped her Released After 15 Months and Now Charged With Stillwater Sexual Assault
Richard Jay Holmes
Richard Holmes of last known address of 313 Leeward Trail Woodbury has "allegedly" sexually assaulted two people in four years, this time he's charged with sexually attacking a group home resident. He did more time (23 months) for his burglary conviction in 2003 than he did for his first rape crime in 2014 (15 months). Holmes should have been in prison for over a decade for the 2014 violent rape in Woodbury where he held a woman captive for two days repeatedly beating her time after time and then violently raping her. She nearly escaped twice when while passed out from drinking but she was caught and punched in the face until she couldn't resist. It wasn't until the victim demanded he look what he'd done to her that he let her have her phone according to a DLonline article from 2014.
There are dozens of stories just like this where dangerous rapist from Washington County are spending very little time in prison and are released to rape again: http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/. This will continue unless legislators act.
Holmes also has a drug conviction, 3 DWI convictions, violating predatory offender registration, check forgery, and violating order of protection convictions according to the MN BCA.
There are several reasons why Holmes was only locked up for 15 months. The first is the fact the Washington County Prosecutors dropped the rape charge in 2014 and they didn't charge him with kidnapping or higher degree of felony rape charges:
I: 3rd degree sexual conduct (violent rapists like this are usually are charged with 1st degree)
II: 3rd degree assault (1st degree is only for assaulting cops and some gov. workers; 2nd is only if a weapon is used)
III: False imprisonment 609.255 (this charge is far more weak than kidnapping, which if his 2014 crime doesn't fit the description of what kidnapping, what could? 609.25) Ask the County Attorney Pete Orput why he isn't directing his prosecutors to pursue to the fullest extent of the law Pete.Orput@co.washington.mn.us
The second problem is weak sentencing laws in MN. This is evidenced by how Richard Holmes served more time in prison for Buglary (23 months) than holding a person against their will for two days and raping and beating them (15 months). Other problems with MN law to fix can be found in our related post:
As stated, Richard Holmes "allegedly" sexually assaulted again in less than four years. This time it was a group home resident. According to the criminal complaint on 3/15/18 he pushed the female victim into the bathroom at the home where she injured her arm and then proceeded to attack her and force her to perform a sex act as he exposed himself. The Washington County prosecutors took almost two weeks to charge him with 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct.
It's clear that just because a rapist is charged with heavy rape charges, does not mean they will be convicted of it. Therefore, if the punishment for ALL criminal sexual conduct crimes is raised than plea deals will be less weak. Tell legislators to also make the sex offender list public like nearly every other State in the County does. All but MN and Maine have public lists. Maine only has 2,700 sex offenders in their state though. Compared to nearly 20,000 in MN.
For the growing list of the last know location of convicted sex offenders in Washington County:
CHARGE: I: Criminal Sex Conduct-2nd Degree-Personal Injury-Force/Coerce
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