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Nov 27, 2013 9:24 PM by Lupita Murillo

TPD Police chief holds news conferences about girls held captive

TUCSON - Sophia and Fernando Richter are each facing multiple charges of child abuse and kidnapping. Fernando also faces one count of sexual abuse of a minor.

At a morning news conference Wednesday Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor talked about the investigation, and what the three girls have endured.

He said there was a security system in the house as well as surveillance cameras in the girls bedroom. The chief also talked about the girls being locked in their rooms and that loud music was played constantly in their rooms.

The 17-year-old had a satchel, in it she kept a journal of the last year and a half. She also had a picture of singer Enrique Iglesias. The chief says detectives are going through the journal, and returned the picture of Iglesias to the girl on Tuesday night. Villaseñor said the girl told officers the picture was "her most prized possession."

The Chief was asked if Tucson police had responded to the house on Estrella street prior to Tuesday, "We've had a few contacts at the house nothing related back to this incident."

The incidents dealt with calls Fernando Ricther made to police. "One of them dealt with the stepfather, being chased by some juvenile males. He cancelled the call prior to our arrival. Another involved a robbery of the father as well."

Chief Villasenor says the mother, Sophia claims the girls were being home schooled. It was also mentioned the couple didn't have a car, nor jobs.

When asked if the girls were telling the police the truth about being imprisoned, and only getting fed once a day, the Chief responded, "The condition of the children, the unkempt, filthy condition they were in the condition of the house evidence that was found inside the bedrooms indicates the validity to what the children are telling us."


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