Thursday, March 5, 2009


In an earlier post, I wrote about a Georgia man who committed suicide at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building across from the State Capitol. At the time of the post, no information was available on the victim. However, new information shows that the victim, Richard Areingdale a 42-year-old state employee and Cobb County resident, was wanted on eight felony child molestation charges.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he was charged with one count each of rape, statutory rape and incest, two counts of child molestation, aggravated sodomy, and three counts of child molestation. The charges occurred between January 2001 and March 2009. Reports notes that the police had gone to his house the previous night to serve him a warrant. Apparently, he may have already committed suicide while the police were at his house attempting to serve the warrant for his arrest. Inspite of the charges against him, his decision to take his own life is still quite unfortunate and could have been prevented.


  1. Perhaps his suicide could have been best prevented by not raping and molesting his own child for eight years. I find it odd that your only comment about this situation was an expression of sympathy for the perpetrator, rather than concern for the victim.

  2. ^ i agree. what about how his daughter doing?