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Trial postponed for Brownwood man accused of child sex crimes

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BROWNWOOD, Texas -- A Brownwood man who's facing allegations of sexually assaulting a young child for five years filed a motion to waive his right to a jury trial.

On Monday, Judge Steve Ellis approved Richard Leach's request for a bench trial. He's facing a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child, according to the 35th Judicial District Clerk's Office.

The 41-year-old's trial is now scheduled for the week of April 23, according to the district clerk.

Court documents stated he sexually abused a child under the age of 14 from 2009 to 2014.

Last year, a state district judge issued a protective order in the case after Leach reportedly threatened the victim to drop the charges.

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