A press release from the Woodstock Police Department:
Arrest – Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child
On January 1st, 2018, the Woodstock Police Department’s Investigations Division was made aware of several alleged Criminal Sexual Assaults perpetuated by the same suspect on numerous victims, which had allegedly all occurred in Woodstock in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
An extensive eight month investigation was conducted into the allegations.
The legal guidance of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office was heavily relied upon during the investigation due to a recent change in Illinois law that extended the statute of limitations in sexual assaults to juvenile victims.
The Delafield, Wisconsin, and San Diego, California, Police Departments also assisted in this investigation.
On Thursday, August 9th, with the approval of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, arrest warrants were obtained for the suspect, Richard F. Wachter.
Wachter was arrested without incident at his home on Friday, August 10th, and he remains in custody at this time.
Due to all the victims being juveniles at the time these crimes occurred, no further information will be released.
Arrested Person: Richard F. Wachter (M/W/53), 314 Raffel Road, Woodstock, IL 60098
- 1 Count – Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child (Class X Felony)
- 3 Counts – Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault (Class X Felony)
- 3 Counts – Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felony)
- 4 Counts – Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2 Felony)
Court Date: 08-16-18 @ 9:00 A.M.
Bond: $1,000,000 (10% Applies)
The public is reminded that an arrest is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case
are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.