Elko County Deputy arrested on charges of sexual assault

Richard Lespade
Richard Lespade(Lander Co. Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 8:38 AM PDT
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ELKO, Nev. (KOLO) - SEPT. 10 UPDATE: The Elko Police Department says Deputy Richard Lespade is accused of two sexual assaults with the same victim. She told police one incident happened in 2014. The other was in 2020. Detectives say Lespade gave her drugs to manipulate her. The victim and Lespade knew each other prior to the alleged sexual assaults.

An investigation was started July 19. Elko Police notified the Elko County Sheriff’s Office of the investigation and Lespade was placed on administrative leave.

An arrest warrant was issued for Lespade Wednesday. He was taken into custody Thursday in Lander County. Bail was set at $770,000.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Elko County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the arrest of one of its deputies.

Richard Lespade is facing charges of Sexual Assault (2 counts), Battery with the Intent to Commit a Sexual Assault, and Sale or Transportation of a Controlled Substance.

The Sheriff’s Office says the charges are connected with an incident that happened in 2014.

The arrest was coordinated with the Elko Police Department.

Lespade is now on administrative leave from the Sheriff’s Office and there is now an internal affairs investigation underway.

Lespade is being held in the Lander County Jail on $770,000 bail.

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