July 2022

‘High risk’ convicted pervert from Northampton back behind bars

A ‘high risk’ convicted pervert from Northampton is back behind bars after it was found he was messaging children as young as 10.

The 43-year-old was already a registered sex offender when he was charged and sent back to prison for 3 years.

John Richards, previously of Northampton, received an unannounced visit from Northamptonshire Police in April.

Officers found evidence on his phone of sexual communication with kids and indecent images of children.

After a 20-hour investigation by Northants Police, Richards was charged with multiple offences.

He was returned to prison for three years at Northampton Crown Court last Thursday, July 14.

Richards, as a registered sex offender, was bound by a number of conditions upon his release from prison and would receive regular unannounced visits from Northants Police’s Management of Sexual or Violent Offenders (MOSOVO) Team.

Officers conducted an unannounced visit on April 23 this year at Richards’s Northampton home.

They found Richards deleting data on his phone and quickly confiscated the device from him.

Police found the phone contained communication with children as young as 10 as well as indecent images of children. Richards was arrested and interviewed.

Richards was later charged with three attempted breaches of a sexual harm prevention order.

He was also charged with two counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, and one count of making an indecent photograph of a child.

He appeared at Northampton Crown Court last Thursday, July 14, where the judge sentenced him to three years imprisonment.