Local non-profit founder facing child sex charge


The founder of a charity that helps homeless kids is facing child sex assault charges and police say they are looking for other potential victims.

Richard Lee Koca, Sr., 69, was arrested Saturday and charged with felony sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, police said.

Richard Koca, Sr.

The charge stems from “acts with a child he was supervising in Aurora,” police said, but investigators believe there may be additional possible victims.

In 1990 Koca founded Stand up for Kids, a national non-profit that helps at risk and homeless youth. The group’s website was down Tuesday afternoon.

Koca, a Navy veteran, was stationed all over the country and worked with children in various cities, police said.

Police said the investigation into Koca started Aug. 29

Koca is being held in the Arapahoe County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Crimes Against Children Unit Detective Robert Friel at 303-739-6185.