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‘Stand up for Kids’ founder arrested for sex assault on child

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Richard Koca, Sr. (Aurora Police Department)

Richard Koca, Sr. (Aurora Police Department)

AURORA, Colo. — The founder of a non-profit group that has worked with homeless children in 37 cities for over two decades has been arrested in Aurora on charges of sexual assault on a child.

The Aurora Police Department confirmed Tuesday that Richard Koca, Sr., who founded “Stand up for Kids” in 1990, was taken into custody on Sept. 15, after an investigation that began on Aug. 29. Authorities said over that period of time, they built a case that alleges Koca was committing felony sexual assault on a child he was supervising in Aurora.

Koca is being charged with sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust for partaking in what police are calling a pattern of sexual abuse that spanned three years, beginning in Aug. 2009. The 69-year-old is being held on $250,000 bond.

Considering the reach of Koca’s non-profit organization and his extensive personal travel, authorities are concerned this may not be the first or only time Koca has engaged in an inappropriate sexual act with a child.

Aside from founding “Stand up for Kids,” Koca is currently a board member for the non-profit organization, which claims to be working with at-risk homeless youth populations in 37 cities. Koca is a retired naval officer who has either been stationed in or visited five countries outside the U.S. He has also spent time in San Diego, Houston and Atlanta in addition to Aurora.

According to authorities, Koca spent time as a Scout Master during his time in Panama and volunteered for an orphanage during his time in England.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the APD’s Crimes Against Children Unit Detective, Robert Friel, at 303-739-6185.

Richard Koca promotes the charity “Stand Up for Kids” in the video below: