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Protective order issued against Brownwood sexual assault suspect at bond hearing

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BROWNWOOD, Texas - A Brownwood man arrested for sexually abusing a young child for more than five years stood before a judge for a bond hearing Monday.

Richard Densel Leach Jr., 40, was indicted for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14 last December, according to court documents.

Brown County prosecutors asked for Leach's bond to be increased from $50,000 to $400,000 after Leach allegedly attempted to persuade the victim to ask the district attorney to drop or reduce the charges against him, according to court documents.

The 35th Judicial District Judge Stephen Ellis denied that request, according to his court coordinator. Instead, he granted a protective order to not have contact with the victim or immediate family within 1,000 feet of the victim's school, work, or residence.

Brownwood police officers arrested Leach on Christmas Day of 2016 and he posted a $50,000 bond two days later.

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