A former deputy with the McLean County Sheriff's Department has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

Richard Allen Anderson, 54, of Turtle Lake, has been charged with three felonies — corruption of a minor, luring of a minor by computer and sexual assault.

According to court documents, on May 1, a woman called the McLean County Sheriff's Department to report that her 15-year-old son had been sexually assaulted by Anderson.

Anderson has worked for four different police departments since 2012, according to North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board records.

He worked at the McLean County Sheriff's Department from 2012 to 2013, the Burke County Sheriff's Department in 2013, and the Hettinger County Sheriff's Department from 2014 to 2015, as well as the Medora Police Department in 2015.

In May, the McLean County Sheriff's Department contacted the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and requested assistance in investigating the alleged assault of the boy.

The boy was interviewed by law enforcement on May 8. The boy said he knew Anderson, because Anderson once made a traffic stop on the boy's friend. The boy said Anderson asked them how old they were, and boy, who is currently 16 years old, told Anderson he was 15.

Anderson befriended the boy and would invite him to go to Bismarck "to pick up different things," according to court documents.

In the fall of 2017, Anderson allegedly sexually assaulted the boy after he had him over for dinner at his home in Turtle Lake.

Last month, the BCI agent recorded a conversation between the boy and Anderson via video call, where Anderson reportedly made sexual comments to the boy and masturbated on camera.

Anderson had his initial appearance in South Central District Court last week, where Judge David Reich set a $5,000 unsecured bond for Anderson.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)


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