Monday, July 15, 2013

Ex-Kid's Charity CEO Convicted Of Sexual Assault

The founder and former CEO of an Atlanta, Ga.-based kid's charity was convicted on Friday on 22 counts of sexual assault of a child, according to a report on the website of NBC's Colorado affiliate.

Richard Lee Koca, Sr., was the head of Stand Up for Kids, a nonprofit that serves at-risk homeless youth, from its inception in 1990 until August 2012, when an alleged victim came forward. According to a report last year in The Denver Post, Koca was charged with assaulting a child under his protection in his home in Aurora, Colo. At the time, police believed there might have been other victims because of Koca's work with minors, though no others were ever identified.

A spokeswoman for Stand Up for Kids would not comment on the conviction, saying only that the organization is "praying for the family" of the child. The group's website does not list a current CEO, though it lists Kelly Fields as executive director of its Atlanta headquarters.

Prior to his time at Stand Up for Kids, Koca had spent 30 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and was posted in spots all around the world, including Panama. Police said that during his time in that country, he served as a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he also volunteered at an orphanage in England.

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