Richard Heeringa cozied up to divorced women with young daughters, including his own ex-wife, and then tried to molest them. Apparently he was quite successful. He was found guilty of 17 counts of sexual assault on a child in Colorado. The daughter of the ex-wife girl reported him. He began the molestation when she was 12 years old and it continued for three years. After the girl contacted police, other victims came forward. At his sentencing, Heeringa laughed at Judge Paul King, who gave him 576 years to life, and said Heeringa “deserved every century” he was getting.
The judge rebuked Heeringa for fleeing Colorado in 2010 on the night before a jury found him guilty on 17 counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and failure to register as a sex offender.
On the run for 18 months, Heeringa made the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. In October 2011, deputy marshals captured him in a Detroit basement apartment, where he was living under an assumed name. A resident recognized him from a picture on “America’s Most Wanted.”…
Veteran prosecutors said Herringa is one of the most coldly calculating predators they’ve ever faced. Source: DenverChannel
Heeringa has previously spent 12 years in a Michigan prison for sexual assault.