December 2019

Civil servant arrested for online child sexual abuse offences jailed

A civil servant who was arrested for online child sexual abuse offences twice went on to commit more offences while on bail.

Press officer Richard Arcari, 37, of Kings Avenue in Clapham was arrested and bailed in February 2017 by Metropolitan Police officers who received intelligence he had watched an online video of a man raping a boy and had offered to swap videos with other offenders.

In total, Arcari had 716 category A (the most serious) stills and videos, 588 category B stills and videos and 344 category C stills and videos across multiple devices.

Today he was jailed for 42 months, put on the sex offenders register indefinitely and given a sexual harm prevention order restricting his use of the internet.

Richard Arcari was a civil servant working for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) when a routine security check uncovered indecent images of children.

He was sacked in October 2018, as a police investigation continued, but went on to work in the press offices of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the Zoological Society of London.

Arcari was also employed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in a role that his LinkedIn profile claimed to include “looking after media and community engagement post Grenfell”.