Man from Union Admits to Molesting Daughters 

Catherine Pegram

A man from Union is waiting to be sentenced after admitting he molested his two daughters. 34 year-old Richard Leppanen pleaded guilty last week to two counts of gross sexual assault, along with a dozen other sex charges. Prosecutors say he abused his daughters over a period of two years, starting in 2006. The girls were 5 and 10 years old at the time.Leppanen will be sentenced after an evaluation to determine his risk for committing sex crimes in the future. No date has been set.Leppanen remains in the Knox County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.