Karen e. richards   

Karen E. Richards is a 1979 graduate of Indiana University School of Law.  Beginning in the early 1980s, she served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Sex Crimes Division, bringing extensive trial experience in the areas of rape, child molesting, child abuse, child and adult homicides and domestic violence.   She initiated the Sex Crimes Unit and a mentoring program for new deputies within the Sex Crimes Unit.

As a deputy prosecutor, Richards tried more than 100 felony jury trials and more than half as many misdemeanor jury trials, as well as nearly 1,000 misdemeanor bench trials.   Richards holds the record in the State of Indiana for one of the longest prison sentences awarded in a non-murder case - a sentence of 320 years for a serial rapist who abducted women, locked them in the trunks of their cars, and brutalized them.

Richards is a nationally recognized speaker on the issues of child abuse and has served on the boards of SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect); Crossroad Children's Home; the Mayor's Commission on Domestic Violence, Rape, and Sexual Harassment; Child Mortality Review Team; Allen County Child Protection Team; Indiana Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee; and as a court approved mediator in family law cases by the Supreme Court of Indiana Commission of Continuing Legal Education.

As Prosecutor, Richards is passionate about protecting the citizens of Allen County through a team effort with law enforcement.  She believes that justice requires a prosecutor that is capable, fair, ethical, tough on criminals and compassionate towards victims.