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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Richard H. Hastings III, SFPD Cop, Arrested on Suspicion of Molesting Teen Boy

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

SFPD Cop Richard Hastings was arrested on suspicion of child molestation
  • SFPD Cop Richard Hastings was arrested on suspicion of child molestation

Concord Police announced this afternoon they arrested 37-year-old Richard H. Hastings, a San Francisco police officer, on suspicion of molesting a 15-year-old boy.

Lt. David Hughes fired off a press release saying that on Aug. 8, the Concord police began investigating the relationship between Hastings and the teen, both of whom live in Concord. During their investigation, detectives determined Hastings had allegedly committed several sex offenses against the juvenile in Concord.

Concord cops got an arrest warrant as well as a search warrant of Hastings' residence.

See Also: SFPD Cop Accused of Child Molestation; Police Refuse to Talk

On Aug. 21, at about 8:15 a.m., Hastings was arrested without incident in his car on Monument Boulevard near Ramona Lane. He was taken to the Concord Police Department where he was booked and later released after he posted bail.

During this investigation, police learned that Hastings is a San Francisco police officer, and they advised the SFPD of the arrest. SFPD Officer Albie Esparza would not release any information about the case. However, last week, Esparza confirmed that a cop -- who he would not name -- had been suspended without pay for an alleged crime in Concord.

Detectives today presented their case to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office with the following charges:

  • Lewd and lascivious act with a child 14 or 15 years

  • Sodomy with a child under 16

  • Contribute to the delinquency of a minor

"This is still an on-going, complex investigation and no additional information will be released to the public at this time," Hughes said, adding that police will not be releasing Hastings' booking photo.

Hastings, who makes 130,437.78 annually as a cop, was one of the officers involved in the shooting death of 19-year-old Kenneth Harding in the Bayview in 2011. Harding was allegedly trying to dodge his Muni fare when police confronted him; Harding ran away and reportedly started firing at the cops. During the gunfire exchange, Harding was shot and killed, however, police say Harding shot himself as he was turning to shoot at the officers pursuing him.

Harding's mother, Denika Chatman, last year filed the lawsuit against the city, Police Chief Greg Suhr and Officers Matthew Lopez and Richard Hastings.

Anyone with additional information on the Concord case is asked to call Detective Renee Williams at (925) 603-5856. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the Concord Police Department Tip-line at (925) 603-5836.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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