Wimberley man arrested for indecency with a child

 Wimberley man faces a pair of indecency with a child by sexual contact charges after authorities accused him of abusing a minor in his home in 2017.

Richard Hargraves, 50, was booked into the Hays County Jail May 22 on the charges, which are both second-degree felonies. Hargraves was released May 23 on a $30,000 surety bond.

According to an arrest affidavit, authorities reviewed a forensic interview of the victim that was conducted by an employee at Roxanne’s House. The victim was under the age of 17 at the time of the incident.

The victim said one of the first occurrences happened when she was lying on the couch in the living room of Hargrave’s house. The exact date of the incident is unknown. At that time, the victim’s brother was asleep in the guest room and Hargrave’s wife was asleep in another room. It is unknown at this time the relationship between the victim and Hargraves.

According to the affidavit, the victim told authorities Hargraves began to put lotion on the victim’s legs; he then proceeded to touch her chest and then her genitals. The victim said Hargraves did not say anything during the incident, but that he stopped because there was lotion all over her body.

A second incident occurred in late 2017, according to the affidavit. During the second instance, Hargrave’s wife was not at the house at that time. Hargraves and the victim were the only people in the house and were watching a movie when he asked to put lotion on her. The victim said Hargraves proceeded to inappropriately touch her chest. 

The victim said before the incident happened, she was going to leave the house. However, Hargraves allegedly “pressured her” to stay; the victim said she was scared to hurt Hargraves’ feelings.

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