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Grand jury indicts Jacobsburg man on 10 counts

A Jacobsburg man was indicted on 10 different counts by a Monroe County Grand Jury Thursday, May 9.

According to a press release from Monroe County Prosecutor James L. Peters, Richard A. Hess Sr., 72, was charged with five counts of rape of a child under 13 years of age, a first-degree felony; four counts of gross sexual imposition, felonies of the third- and fourth-degree; and one count of importuning, a fifth-degree felony.

According to Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black, Hess was arrested by Monroe County Detectives at approximately 10:32 a.m. Tuesday, May 7. He is currently being held at the Monroe County Jail.

According to the release, the indictment is the culmination of a nearly 10-year-long investigation by members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and Belmont County Sheriff’s Department.

The release stated, “the charges were based on a continuing course of conduct by (Hess).” The offenses were committed against five separate female victims going as far back as 1988 and continuing through this year.

Peters specifically thanked Detectives Ryan Allar, of Belmont County, and Mike Russell, of Monroe County, for their perseverance in keeping this case active.

Peters and local law enforcement officials are asking for anyone with information regarding Hess to contact Allar at 740-695-7933 or or Russell at 740-472-1612 or

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