Skip to main content
You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.
Police: Moline couple forced child to film sex

Police: Moline couple forced child to film sex

  • Updated
  • 0

A Moline couple was arrested Thursday on charges of sexual exploitation of a child.

Joseph Richardson, 40, and Marlana Richardson, 38, a husband and wife, allegedly told a child to film the couple performing sex acts, according to a statement from the Moline Police Department.

Police said they received a complaint in January and conducted a lengthy investigation that led to the two arrests.

Joseph Richardson was taken into custody at the residence, and has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child and harassment of a witness. Marlana Richardson surrendered to the police department on outstanding arrest warrants issued by the Rock Island County State's Attorney's Office. She is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

Sexual exploitation of a child is a class A misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of a year in jail or a fine of up to $2,500. Harassment of a witness is a class 2 felony, punishable by up to 7 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.

Joseph is being held in the Rock Island County Jail on a $75,000 bond. Marlena is out of jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

This case is still under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division. Police ask tipsters to call 309-797-0401. The Moline Police Department was assisted by the Rock Island County State’s Attorney Office, the Rock Island County Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


Sign up for our Crime & Courts newsletter

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News