A Toledo man on Wednesday was sentenced to seven years in prison and three years on probation for soliciting nude images from a 15-year-old girl, whom he also molested.
Richard Steven Ripp Jr., 49, was charged July 5 with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, three counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, a single count of commercial sexual abuse of a minor, and two counts of third-degree child molestation.
He pleaded guilty on July 26 to both counts of sexual exploitation and a single count of child molestation. Cowlitz Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning dismissed the other charges.
Longview police were first notified of the abuse in June. Private messages from a Facebook conversation indicated that between April 2017 and May 2018 Ripp repeatedly asked for pornographic images and sexual contact from the girl in exchange for money, marijuana, and alcohol.
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When interviewed, Ripp admitted to touching the girl, according to a pre-sentence investigation. The abuse caused the victim significant depression, fear and anger, according to the investigation, partly because he was prone to fits of rage.
Ripp sent sexually innuendo charged messages to the 15-year old victim, such as asking her to “polish his tools” in exchange for marijuana, according to police.
In a written statement, Ripp claimed his messages were jokes and not intended to be sexual and that the victim had told him she was not a minor. However, many of the messages explicitly asked for sexual activity or sexual images.
Ripp told the investigator he knew soliciting the pictures was wrong because he was married. He claimed the victim lied to him about her age and that he stopped soliciting her for pictures when he realized she was a minor.
Ripp still believed the victim was partially responsible, saying she was “old enough to know better” to the investigator.
“Ripp’s attitude in regards to the whole situation is centered on him. ... He showed little remorse for his actions. … Ripp would say he takes responsibility but I don’t believe he truly does,” the investigator concluded.