A former police officer and scout leader has been sentenced to 22 years relating to the sexual exploitation of 23 boys

A former police officer and scout leader has been sentenced to 22 years relating to the sexual exploitation of 23 boys over a 37 year period.

Allan Richards, 54, from Kitts Green, joined West Midlands Police in 1980 and in 1982 he became a scout leader in Birmingham. Richards used both of these positions to identify his potential victims and also targeted vulnerable boys at a local park.

He continued his offending after leaving the police force in 2011.

His first attack took place in 1976 and his offending continued until 2013.

Richards was convicted of the following:

  • 2 counts of Rape
  • 1 count of Buggery
  • 5 counts of Misconduct in a Public Office
  • 3 counts of Gross Indecency with a Child
  • 7 counts of Sexual Activity with a Child
  • 1 count of Inciting Sexual Activity with a Child
  • 20 counts of Indecent Assault
  • 1 count of Voyeurism

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Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.


  • Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.


  • The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.

Private companies

  • Football trainers, judo teachers, dance instructors, swimming instructors, holiday activity centres, nurseries, youth clubs.

Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

  • County Councils, Borough Councils, City Councils, ILEA, cadets, navy/ army (forces).

National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

  • Hospitals, Disability care centres, children’s care providers.


  • Convicted perpetrators, acquitted perpetrators.

Children’s Homes

  • Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.

Religious Institutions

  • Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.

Foster Carers

  • Permanent carers, temporary carers

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