Lafayette Resident, Former Oakland Fire Captain Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

December 6, 2017 9:35 am · 12 comments

A 58-year-old Lafayette resident and former Oakland Fire Captain named Richard Chew has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.

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 at 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, the District Attorney’s Office said.

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.

Chew was sentenced to 150 days in jail, three years of probation and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

CSS December 6, 2017 at 9:53 AM

POS perv. How about some meaningful prison time for this scumbag.

Brig December 6, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Why only 150 days in jail? CA is way to easy for criminals. Hopefully his prison stay isn’t to comfortable. Makes me sick.

Justin December 6, 2017 at 10:44 AM

Should be 150 years

Mel December 6, 2017 at 12:19 PM

While this is disturbing and gross, he did not actually DO anything. This was a charge for possession of something, not actual acts. IF he was convicted of actual acts, then 150 would seem like a great start. Until then, 150 days does seem fair, plus the registration as a sex offender. People who take your things get out the same day. Drug users are given a pat on the wrist. Murderers, who have taken a life away, never serve their full sentences and sped a handful of year in jail sometimes. These people deserve more time than someone who merely had some disturbing pictures without acting on anything. However, once someone acts on a child in that way, castration is the way to go.

TIFOKCIS December 6, 2017 at 1:03 PM

I concur on all you said.

A retired teacher December 7, 2017 at 8:50 AM

What about the harm to the children occurring while they are being filmed? Having such material is promoting and supporting child abuse. This man helps foster the child pornography market which causes more children to be harmed.

Mel December 7, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Yes, but he is not the person filming it. Again, he SHOULD be punished. But, 150 years, that some are advocating, is ludicrous when we wont even punish murders. That is why people in possession of drugs get a lighter sentence than those selling and distributing them. I am not sure why this is all so hard to understand for some people.

Kentucky Derby December 6, 2017 at 2:54 PM

I think this sentence is way too light, and he DID do something. Possession of child pornography IS against the law. And how do you know he hasn’t molested any children? Just because he hasn’t been caught doesn’t mean he hasn’t molested.

There are pedophiles who aren’t child molesters. I hope and pray he’s one of them.

So you think people who possess drugs or burglary tools aren’t using them? Get real.

Mel December 7, 2017 at 8:53 AM

Of course it is against the law! Who is arguing that it is not? We are talking about the sentence. Clearly I am talking about something done with an actual child. There are plenty of people with abhorrent thoughts an desires, but never act on them. Are we now going to be the thought police? There is research that backs up my stance about how thoughts do not necessarily lead to behaviors in this case. It is not the same as having burglary tools. Try researching it. But, people are talking about 150 year for having 2 photos of children. Yes, gross and disturbing and WRONG. That is why he is being punished. But 150 years for pictures? Get real. 150 days plus registration is fair in this case, especially as a first offense. Also, the law does not make assumptions that that since he had pics he must have molested. That would be a separate matter if anything was proven. He had some photos.

Cartman December 6, 2017 at 3:58 PM


Terry MacGyver December 6, 2017 at 6:49 PM

I really don’t know what to say. Our government is really so bucked up here in California.

Chew is a nasty Buck.

Sam December 6, 2017 at 7:01 PM

If he is going to be Iisted as a sex offender then anyone who has been convicted of ANY crime should be listed. Why only sex offenders?

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