OSCODA COUNTY – In August 2021, a trooper from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Alpena Post was contacted by the medical coordinator from the Northern Michigan Child Advocacy Center to investigate an alleged sexual assault. The suspect was identified as 82-year-old Richard Bernard Walser from Mio. Walser was arraigned in Oscoda County last year for several counts of criminal sexual and home invasion regarding this case. A second victim came forward and another investigation was launched. The report was turned over to the Oscoda County Prosecutor’s Office.
On September 22, 2022, an arrest warrant was issued for Walser. Also in September 2022, a third victim came forward with allegations of sexual assault by Walser. The third investigation led to additional charges against Walser.
Walser was arraigned January 12, 2023 in the 81st District Court in Oscoda County on three counts Criminal Sexual Conduct Second Degree. He was given a $100,000 cash surety bond. His next scheduled court appearance is on February 2, 2023.