Founder of kids organization guilty of sex assault involving child

LITTLETON, Colo. - Richard Koca, Sr., founder of StandUp for Kids, a nationwide nonprofit for at-risk and homeless children, has been convicted on 22 counts of sex assault on a child, pattern of abuse, for repeatedly sexually assaulting a boy who was under his care.

The verdict came Friday after a trial in Arapahoe County.

Koca, 70, was arrested Sept. 15, 2012, in Aurora, on allegations that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a boy who was under his supervision.  

StandUp for Kids has reported work with programs in 37 cities nationwide, including Denver.

The executive director of the StandUp for Kids program in Denver released a statement in September 2012 responding to Koca's arrest, saying, "The allegations cannot detract from their efforts and should not take away from the good things the organization accomplishes."

Koca was on the StandUp for Kids board of directors until two days after his arrest.

Koca's involvement with children was not limited to his work for StandUp for Kids. 

Koca volunteered with organizations to help children worldwide.  He was a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America in Panama, volunteer at an orphanage in England, and involved in Explorer scout programs in San Diego, Calif..

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