December 2020

Humberside Police officer jailed five years and four months

A Paedophile police officer posed online as a teenager to get girls aged 14 and 15 to send him nude photos.

Married Gareth Richards also persuaded the victims to perform sex acts in video calls and took screen grabs.

The 36-year-old even boasted to one girl that he was a police officer.

He was caught when cops seized his phone as part of a separate probe.

Sentencing Richards, Judge John Thackray said: “It is a great concern for parents to hear that there are people like you on the internet and chat sites looking for children to engage in sexual activity.

“Offending of this type creates tension between parents and their children.

“Parents want and need to trust their children online and children want to be trusted, but your offending erodes that trust.

“One victim understandably commented that she now had a mistrust in the police after she learned the man she was in touch with was a police officer.”

Richards, of Brocklesby, Lincs, got five years and four months jail for indecency offences at Hull crown court.