SFPD Officer in Court for Alleged Molestation of Teen in Concord

January 24, 2014 13:51 pm · 23 comments

A San Francisco police officer appeared in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez today on charges that he molested a 15-year-old boy in Concord and kept child pornography.

Prosecutors last week charged 38-year-old Richard Hastings with nine felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a 15-year-old child and one felony count of possession of child pornography.

He turned himself in on an arrest warrant Tuesday at the county jail in Martinez, where he is being held on $910,000 bail, according to Deputy District Attorney Alison Chandler.

Chandler said the alleged molestation occurred between last June and August, but she declined to provide further details about the case.

Hastings was arrested in Concord on Aug. 21 on suspicion of child molestation after police launched an investigation into the allegations. He was later released on bail and prosecutors initially declined to file charges
against him pending further investigation.

The San Francisco Police Department, where Hastings has worked since 2001, immediately suspended him without pay following his arrest, according to a San Francisco police spokesman.

Hastings is set to return to court on Monday for a bail hearing and arraignment.

Eileen Burke, a private attorney, said today that she expects to represent him.

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Mitch January 24, 2014 at 2:02 PM

I wish to assert my 5th amendment……..

Clayton Pete January 24, 2014 at 2:04 PM

If, and I mean IF, these charges are proved to be true, then this person belongs in a very special circle of Hell.

Angelica January 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I didn’t believe in castration until I became a parent.

If they can’t be cured, castrate them. We’re talking about the kids.

NutCreek Frontier January 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Was wondering when they would release the name of this guy, Clayton Pete 100% right

Cowellian January 24, 2014 at 2:29 PM

I’m fine with a life sentence for child molesters, as long as it’s a short one.

Sacto Rob January 24, 2014 at 2:56 PM

A ex-cop child molester in prison? That IS a very special circle of Hell.

Incognito January 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM

If he is convicted and sent to prison, he will not last long.

IFF this joker is found guilty January 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM

he should be entitled to a 9mm between the eyes and a free burial in a local dumb. Nothing more.

@Angelica January 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

>> If they can’t be cured, castrate them. We’re talking about the kids.

Castrate the kids?

NRA #1 fan and member January 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Guilty in my opinion, give him LIFE in prison.

And Mayor, someone is using my handle and posting garbage and people are assuming it’s me.

Linda January 24, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Child molesters are sick and evil, more so the latter. How did he pass the psychological exam? I’ve been told by friends in law enforcement it’s the toughest part of the exam.

If it’s tough for normal people, how do sicko’s get in?

Past victim January 24, 2014 at 4:36 PM

I was a victim of a pedophile. I fortunately got through
it. I also believe these people should be removed
from society permanany. Put them in prison with the
general population,

Steve January 24, 2014 at 4:51 PM


You’re a jerk. Anyone with half a brain knows what she means. If you were trying to be funny, you’re not.

#NRA #1 fan and member—-11

Then use your real first name, and accept the fact that a lot of people share the same first name. Or use your real first name, and first initial of last, which very few people do. (Frank L.) He’s obviously separating himself from other Frank’s, which is less common than some names.

There are several Steve’s on here, and I couldn’t care less what others think, nor do I “own the name Steve.” It’s a very common name, and probably always will be.

You don’t own a screen name. People can choose any name they want on a public blog. With the exception of posing as the Mayor (which you won’t get away with), everything else will fly.

Ever noticed some people use screen names of famous people that are still alive?

Things on Claycord are very relaxed, which probably adds to the popularity.

babytruck January 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM

When kids are little, most of them are told that certain people can be trusted: Cops, firefighters, teachers, religious leaders, etc. A sense of security sets in and the kids feel that if for they need someone to go to in an emergency or if they feel uncomfortable, they can go to these people.

When something like this happens, all of that goes out of the window. And sometimes, because of one person, that trust for that entire group is destroyed. This hurts my heart. I hope that kid is strong enough to pull through this.

Anon January 24, 2014 at 5:48 PM

So NRA the inane sh$t that has been coming out of you for the last two years was someone else? Or was that you and the lucid thoughts are them?

I think they are helping you more than hurting you.

Hey! January 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

What the heck are you morons arguing about
some stupid s##t for. Names handles, damn!
Lots of you are so self involved your like 12year olds!
Furthur proof that not half, but none of your opines
are worth a bucket of striped nuts and bolts!

VikingPrincess January 24, 2014 at 6:15 PM

@ Linda..maybe a more informed person can answer your question but from what I know about it I don’t think it specifically screens for pedophilia. It involves how you handle stress, anger, violence and processing of sound decisions. Not even sure it is a standardized test to screen for personality disorders but could.
Please chime in law enforcement types.

@Hey January 24, 2014 at 6:24 PM

But your post is so reasoned and thought provoking.

Sade06 January 24, 2014 at 6:51 PM

He’s in county with the real estate child molester from Brentwood, Ronald Schwartz. That sick pervert had been in for 1.5 years now.

Matthew January 24, 2014 at 6:53 PM

@ Hey—17

Thanks for sharing your educated opinion. You’re a real class act.

ANON January 24, 2014 at 8:38 PM

What happened to the Walnut Creek cop who was fired & was living with the teenage girl ???

Jerry January 25, 2014 at 12:33 AM

After being kicked out of Transpo.. I ahhh had the pleasure of dealing with ahh him… But Alan it’s not funny they don’t know jerry.

Abraham Lincoln January 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Au contrair Steve, some of us found @Angelica funny. Lighten up.

Yes. I am that Abe. See how brave I am? Not only was I the Commander In Chief of the Civil War and freed the slaves, but I used both a first AND last name on Claycord.

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