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Richard Box, released from custody, appeared in court Friday morning for a preliminary hearing (January 3, 2014)

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Richard Box, released from custody, appeared in court Friday morning for a preliminary hearing (January 3, 2014)


Richard Box Charged with More Sex Crimes

Posted $2 Million Bail and Released Christmas Day; Prosecutor Concerned for Victims’ Safety


Friday, January 3, 2014
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A Santa Barbara man accused of raping his wife and sexually assaulting his 15-year-old stepdaughter has been charged with two more counts of child molestation in a 2012 Long Beach case. Richard Box, 69, appeared in court Friday morning accompanied by his defense attorney Steve Balash and three supporters.

Box was released on his own recognizance Christmas Day after posting $2 million bail. While Balash had petitioned the court a week prior to have Box’s bail reduced to $100,000 — arguing a $2 million bail figure was tantamount to no bail at all — he explained after Friday’s hearing that a number of Box’s friends put up the cash to have him released. “Money talks,” Balash said. Prosecutor Paula Waldman — who had previously asked that Box’s bail be increased to $5 million and argued the defendant was a flight risk — said she is “concerned for the safety of the victims.”

Box has been ordered to surrender his passport, not stay at the Las Ondas home where his wife and stepdaughter live, and stay 500 yards away from the house and the victims. Prosecutors have stressed that Box — who has property in Thailand, where the victims are from — has the means and the will to flee the country. Box has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

The purpose of Friday’s preliminary hearing was to determine if there is enough evidence against Box for the case to go to trial. Balash, however, waived his client’s right to a preliminary hearing and agreed to begin the trial January 21. He said there’d be no point in rehashing of the same hearsay evidence that was presented during December 20’s bail hearing.

In her amended complaint, Waldman states Box molested a 13-year-old girl on two occasions in 2012 at a Long Beach apartment complex he owned at the time. She explained Long Beach authorities have given the Santa Barbara DA’s Office jurisdictional permission to prosecute the case. With the new charges, Box faces a maximum of 19 years and four months in prison if he’s convicted on all counts.

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Richard Box i have known for 20 years and women troughout santa Barbara are creeped out by him. about 10 years ago one of his female tennets found a video camera in her bedroom she filed a police report and nothing happaned, so in the end he went to thailand so he could buy a young girl and the rest is history he will really enjoy Soledad state prison because they will be Videoing him in his protective custody cell

Piertopeak (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2014 at 3:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So how long before he flies the coop?

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2014 at 3:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

May he rot in prison without mercy.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2014 at 5:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Scumbaggery!!!

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2014 at 6:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Box,is that a real name?Has been creeping people out for the last thirty

years........No one who ever had contact with him is surprised with his cur-

rent legal predicament......Why did it take so long to i.d. such an obvious

sociopath? i pity the people caught up in his ruse.....they are victims.

schnook (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2014 at 8:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Dick Box is 69 years old? Sorry to be crass but the irony is lowbrow hilarity.

jjfischer (anonymous profile)
January 4, 2014 at 1:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That area of Thailand in which Box owns property is notorious for sex trafficking, there was recently a story about it on NPR.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 4, 2014 at 1:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

He must be guilty ! NPR never gets it wrong.... :)

yendopostal (anonymous profile)
January 5, 2014 at 9:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Piertopeak: "Richard Box I have known for 20 years and women throughout Santa Barbara are creeped out by him."

schnook: "Mr. Box, is that a real name? Has been creeping people out for the last thirty
years. No one who ever had contact with him is surprised with his current legal predicament."

Alright, so SOMEBODY knows something here! So again, I ask you guys that seem to "know" him: How long before he pulls an Andrew Luster and flies the coop? DO TELL! The popo better keep him on a super short leash!

jjfischer: "Dick Box is 69 years old? Sorry to be crass but the irony is lowbrow hilarity."

LOL! If this weren't so serious... Oh what the hell, this IS funny!

Ken_Volok: "That area of Thailand in which Box owns property is notorious for sex trafficking, there was recently a story about it on NPR."

Ken, sorry to tell you, but NPR suffers from the same thing FOX, MSNBC, CNN & even the BBC suffer from: Sensationalist journalism with a penchant for selective reporting. HOWEVER, I will give you that it IS a fact that MANY portions of Thailand ARE notorious for their sex industry.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
January 6, 2014 at 10:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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