Lafayette police officers arrested 58-year-old Richard Chew of Lafayette on suspicion of possessing child pornography Wednesday, according to a release issued by the sheriff’s office.
Chew, a captain with the Oakland Fire Department, was taken into custody Wednesday night and charged with two counts of child pornography possession after searches of his Lafayette home and fire house found illegal materials on his computers, authorities said.
An arrest warrant had been issued for Chew, a spokesman for the sheriff related, stemming from an investigation into Chew’s alleged activities which started on August 19, 2017.
The Contra Costa Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force – a unit comprised of investigators from the Office of the Sheriff, District Attorney’s Office, and Lafayette and Concord Police Departments – spearheaded the investigation.
Their work led to service of a search warrant at Chew’s Lafayette home as well as at his fire station.
Chew was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for possession of child pornography and is currently being held in lieu of $200,000 bail. The DA’s Office has already filed formal charges against him, according to the sheriff’s office.
Anyone with any information about this case can contact Deputy District Attorney Jordan Sanders at (925) 957-8602.