Former Oakland Fire Captain Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography


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 for further information.



  1. Only 150 days? He will actually serve 90 at best, this is why people have no faith in the justice system. 150 days will teach this POS nothing and who knows what else this sick fuk has seen or done! I cant wait for a family member to defend this scumbag and tell us all how hes such a great guy.

  2. Way too light of a sentence. That being said, having to register as a sex offender for life will ruin your life. I attended church (years ago) with a sex offender (thank goodness he left) and the local PD told him he had to register every year “on his birthday.” I think they have to keep up their yearly registration, but I don’t know if it has to be done “on your birthday.” I think LE was just trying to ruin his birthday every year. If so – good for them! Sex offenders have no one to blame but themselves.

    • It should ruin his life, hes a POS! Should have got a year minimum in jail, but im sure him being a retired firefighter helped him.

  3. Our legal analyst state he’s a conservative Christian, voted for trump, so he will only serve….. oh, ties to power and law enforcement; guaranteed light sentence.

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