Oakland fire captain pleads guilty to child porn charge

 

OAKLAND (KRON) — A former Oakland Fire Department captain has been sentenced to 150 days in jail after pleading guilty to a child pornography possession charge.

58-year-old Richard Chew, who’s been out on bail since his arrest earlier this year, was ordered to register as a sex offender in Contra Costa County.

He’s been ordered to surrender soon to begin serving his sentence.

Deputies found child pornography on Chew’s laptop in September.

Here is the full statement from the Contra Costa County district attorney:

On Tuesday December 5th, 2017, Richard Chew, a 58-year-old resident of Lafayette, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. As a result of his guilty plea, Chew was sentenced to 150 days in jail, three years of probation and was ordered to register as a sex offender. Chew has been out on bail since his arrest and was ordered to surrender at a later date to begin serving his sentence.

On August 19, 2017, the Contra Costa Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force launched an investigation into Chew. Agencies involved in this investigation include the Office of the Sheriff, District Attorney’s Office, and Lafayette and Concord Police Departments.

During the investigation, search warrants were served on Chew’s home on Harper Court in Lafayette and at his office at the Oakland Fire Department. Child pornography was found on a laptop computer belonging to Chew. On September 7th, 2017, Chew was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography by the District Attorney’s Office. By his guilty plea, Chew admitted that on August 31st, 2017, he possessed photographs and videos depicting minors engaged in sexual activity.

ICAC is a multi-agency task force managed by the San Jose Police Department. In Contra Costa County, detectives and investigators from the Walnut Creek, Martinez, San Ramon, Concord, and Moraga police departments, the Office of the Sheriff, County Probation Department, and District Attorney’s Office participate in the task force.

Parents are encouraged to discuss online safety with their children and can visit the website http://www.kidsmartz.org for further information.

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