Former Leicestershire officer found guilty of child sex offences
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A former Leicestershire detective constable has today been sentenced to six years imprisonment after being found guilty of child sex offences following a trial at court.
Christopher Richards, 45, was found guilty of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence following the trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Richards, of West Bridgford, had also previously pleaded guilty to one count of making an indecent/pseudo image and five counts of possession of indecent images of children.
He was found not guilty of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The investigation into Richards was led by Nottinghamshire Police who arrested Richards in March 2020. Richards was immediately suspended from the force while the investigation was ongoing. He then resigned from the force in May 2020.
Following the conclusion of the court hearing, although Richards has resigned from the force, internal misconduct proceedings will be progressed against the former officer.
Head of the Professional Standards Department at Leicestershire Police, Detective Superintendent Rich Ward said: “Preventing and tackling sexual offences and child sexual abuse are key priorities in the force.
“We provided full support to Nottinghamshire Police during their investigation into Richards and our thanks go to them for their dedicated work to bring this case to court and ensuring that justice was served.
“Richards should have been a person who the public and force could trust without question to carry out his duty as a police officer and to demonstrate the highest level of personal and professional behaviour. He has severely breached this trust we had in him by committing these abhorrent offences.
“This behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by us as a force. Although Richards has previously resigned from Leicestershire Police, we will now progress internal misconduct proceedings to ensure that Richards is barred from working in policing”