Paedophile policeman jailed for abusing boys
A paedophile policeman has been jailed for 22 years after abusing six boys while serving in the force.
Allan Richards, 54, was found guilty of nine counts of indecent assault against boys aged 11-15 between 1982 and 2003
He was convicted by a jury last month and today sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.
But he was also found guilty of 30 further offences including rape, gross indecency, sexual activity with a children as young as eight, and voyeurism dating back to the 1970s – and as recently as 2013.
A complaint was first made in 2000 but no action was taken.
In 2004, he was questioned over allegations of abuse but again no action was taken.
An inquiry into accusations of a cover up has now been launched as police apologised to the victims.
West Midlands Police said they were “sickened” by his crimes and apologised to those who had to wait years for justice
Richards carried out fake rape investigations and made young boys perform sex acts in front of him which he claimed were part of the inquiry, the court heard.
He also asked some boys to provide a sample of semen, prosecution Miss Miranda Moore QC told.
Richards also used the force’s central computer to carry out more than 150 checks on his victims.
Paedophile Richards was a former Scout leader
Some of the incidents took place at West Midlands police stations, including Birmingham Central Police Station in Steelhouse Lane.
Richards was also a Scout leader until 2004.
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‘Very serious questions’ must be answered about why a paedophile police officer was allowed to serve for years after allegations against him were first made.
A complaint was made against Allan Richards in 2004 – but he continued working, albeit in a non-public role, and retired as a sergeant in 2011.
He was then accused of many more offences, and has now been convicted of voyeurism and sex offences against 17 victims as young as eight.
Richards, 54, was allowed to get away with his horrific crimes for decades, with offences happening between the 1970s and 2013.
The former Scout leader was kicked out of the organisation when the first allegation was made, but was allowed to keep his job, with the investigation eventually relaunched in 2014.
Over two trials, Birmingham Crown Court was told he sexually abused boys at West Midlands police stations – including Birmingham Central Police Station in Steelhouse Lane, at Scout camps, in swimming pools, in a park, at his home, and other locations that cannot be disclosed.
In total he was convicted of 40 offences against 22 boys.
The court heard that six victims were abused after the first police investigation.
Richards was convicted of 20 indecent assaults over two trials at Birmingham Crown Court.
During a search of his home in Thaxted Road, Tile Cross, Birmingham, detectives found a list of male names Richards had a ‘sexual interest’ in.
They also discovered diaries where Richards kept details of ‘touching’ boys as well as describing their underwear, and notes of their pubic and body hair.
He also went on to use the force computer to ‘keep tabs’ on his victims, with these searches representing 25 per cent of all his 8,000 inquiries into the database.
It is believed there are more victims police have been unable to trace.
He was also found guilty of misconduct in a public office, sexual activity with a child, serious sexual assault, gross indecency, sexual activity with a child, and voyeurism.
Richards will be sentenced on November 4.
In the wake of the verdicts, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: ‘It is extremely worrying that Richards was able to remain an officer until as recently as 2011.
‘I have commissioned a public report into the failings of West Midlands Police to ensure nothing like this can ever happen again.
Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray said West Midlands Police had apologised to all of Richards’ victims.