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School Board candidate withdraws from race

Michael Paul Richter denies allegations of assault involving 10-year-old boy


Michael Paul Richter, a former candidate for the Beaverton School District Board of Directors, has withdrawn from the race after his arrest in an alleged assault of a child in his custody.

Richter, 42, was arrested around 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, two days after an alleged incident involving his 10-year-old stepson at his home in the 6800 block of Southwest 168th Place, said Officer Mike Rowe, spokesman for the Beaverton Police Department.

The arrest was based on a report from the state Department of Human Services' Children, Adults and Families' Beaverton District regarding an alleged assault that occurred on Wednesday, April 24.

Richter was arrested on allegations of third-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail and released, likely on $20,000 presumptive bail, Rowe said.

Contacted by phone on Wednesday morning, Richter confirmed he had withdrawn his candidacy for the Beaverton School Board.

“The charges are false,” he said, referring further questions to Amy Margolis, his Portland-based attorney.

Pending charges filed by the Washington County District Attorney's Office, Margolis said she had no comment on the case.



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