E'town man charged with sex abuse of child

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By Jeff D'Alessio

Vine Grove police arrested an Elizabethtown man Friday after receiving a complaint he had fondled a 7-year-old.

Shannon G. Rishkofski, 26, of the 100 block of Big Wheel Drive, was charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a person younger than 12, a Class C felony. Rishkofski faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

According to an arrest citation, the incident happened April 22 while Rishkofski was bathing the girl. She is the daughter of a friend of Rishkofski’s, police said.

Vine Grove Police Chief Kenny Mattingly said the girl’s mother contacted his office early Friday. Rishkofski was stopped by Radcliff Police later in the day for an unrelated incident. After he was interviewed at the police department, Rishkofski was arrested.

“Evidence has been collected and will be forwarded to the lab for further examination,” Mattingly said in an email. He said Rishkofski could face additional charges pending the results of that examination.

Rishkofski posted a $5,000 cash bond Monday afternoon and was released from the Hardin County Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in Hardin District Court at 9 a.m. June 6.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.