An Oklahoma City man admitted to wearing diapers and drinking baby formula while pretending to be autistic at a
Mark Anthony Richardson Jr., 21, said in the Oct. 5 interview that he has never had a girlfriend, Detective Priscilla Helm said at a preliminary hearing on a sexual battery charge.
“His explanation for his behavior was his inability to have a relationship with females and he wanted to be close … to females,” she testified.
He wrote a letter of apology to the woman who changed his diapers and her daughter, the detective said.
He was charged with sexual battery — a felony — for allegedly groping the woman's daughter while she slept in September. The woman and her daughter did not talk to police about it until after they learned Richardson was faking.
The daughter, Cassandra McIlroy, 19, testified he grabbed her breast over her shirt. She said, since she thought he was autistic, she just told him, “No. Don't do that.” She said her mother, Tami Landers, said he didn't know what he was doing and she should go back to sleep.
Both the mother and daughter gave The Oklahoman permission to use their names. The newspaper does not normally identify sex crime victims.
Landers testified she developed suspicions he was acting but told herself he had to be autistic because “why else would he be doing this.” She said she finally “busted” him when she caught him with a cell phone.
After hearing the testimony, Oklahoma County Special Judge Larry Jones ruled the evidence was sufficient for a sexual battery trial. Richardson also faces seven misdemeanor counts of outraging public decency.
Prosecutors allege Richardson also conned a woman in April into baby-sitting him.