Monday, September 30, 2013

Hayward Police Officer Arrested on Child Molestation Charges

2013-09-30 by Lisa Fernandez []:
Livermore police photo showing Richard Scott McLeod, 38, of Livermore arrested on child molestation charges. Sept. 28, 2013

A Hayward police officer was arrested this weekend on several counts of child molestation dating back more than a decade ago when he worked with middle school children at an after-school program.   
Officer Steve Goard said in a statement Monday that detectives took Richard Scott McLeod, 38, into custody on Saturday on charges stemming from accusations that allegedly occurred between 1998 and 2007. During the last five years of that time span, McLeod, who now lives in Livermore, was the lead teacher at the Kid Zone, an after-school program for middle schoolers.   
McLeod was arrested on three counts of “lewd and lascivious” acts with girls between 12 and 14 years old. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail, where he remains in custody on $750,000 bail. An alleged victim came foward in early 2013, police said.   
For the most part, the statute of limitations in California allows lewd and lascivious prosecutions to go forward at any time as long as the victim was younger than 18 at the time of the offense and it's before the victim turns 28.   
McLeod's defense attorney couldn’t be immediately located for comment.   
At this time, Goard said the crimes being investigated occurred before McLeod became a police officer.  Still, Hayward police have put McLeod on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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