On Tuesday December 5, 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 7, 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 31, 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 www.kidsmartz.org for further information.