FARMINGTON — A Franklin County grand jury indicted an Auburn man and a Salem Township man Friday on sexual assault charges.

Richard Hunt Franklin County Detention Center photo

Richard R. Hunt, 24, of Auburn was indicted on felony counts of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact, and a misdemeanor charge of violating condition of release.

According to a police affidavit, he sexually assaulted and abused a teenager under age 18 on Nov. 24, 2018, in Jay. The girl is not from Jay.

A conviction on the sexual assault charge carries a maximum of 30 years in prison, while a conviction for unlawful sexual contact is punishable by up to five years in prison. A violation of conditions of release carries a sentence of up to six months in jail.

In another case, David E. Eaton Sr., 59, of Salem Township was indicted on two felony counts of gross sexual assault and a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence terrorizing.

David E. Eaton Sr. Franklin County Detention Center

Eaton, a convicted sex offender, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she was unconscious or otherwise physically incapable of resisting and had not consented to the sexual act, according to a complaint. The assaults took place between Oct. 1, 2017, and Feb. 6.

Eaton also allegedly communicated a threat to commit, or cause to be committed, a crime of violence dangerous to human life against the woman.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison on the sexual assault charge and up to 364 days on the domestic violence terrorizing charge.

An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but it indicates that there is enough evidence to proceed with formal charges and a trial.


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