Racine man accused of raping kids he babysat

CREATED Nov. 12, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov. 12, 2012

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RACINE- Racine police want to know if Alexander Richter has ever babysat any of your children.  He is accused of raping kids he was supposed to be taking care of -- and videotaping it!

The allegations in the criminal complaint are nearly too disturbing to process.  Police allege the 28-year-old used his apartment as a sexual playground -- his targets: young boys and girls.  How many kids remains to be seen.

Building manager Tim Finley saw 28-year-old tenant Alex Richter in passing over the past four years.  But he never had a clue about the depraved acts alleged to have taken place inside the man's apartment.

"I'm shocked.  I'm really shocked...He was quiet. Kept to himself," says Finley.

Richter is now in jail, accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a seven-year-old boy and the boy's five-year-old sister while he babysat them for a fellow college student.

The allegations don't end there.  Prosecutors say Richter would film children taking baths in what's now his former apartment.

Police searched his place.  Richter himself pointed officers to his stash of DVDs and film equipment.  The man reportedly filmed himself having sex with the two kids, and other victims.

"There's concrete evidence that other children were more than likely victimized," says Racine Police Sgt. Martin Pavilonis.

Police are worried Richter may have watched and assaulted other kids.  As investigators scramble for answers, they find solace in the fact that the man can't hurt anyone else.

"I would say the one thing we have right now is that he's in custody and off the street at this point," says Pavilonis.

Racine police are serious when saying if you know Alex Richter or he had any access to your children, talk to your kids and call police at 262-886-2300.

Richter has been charged with 26 felonies, according to online court records.