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A Former GMP Special Constable has been jailed after he pleaded guilty to grooming a child and then admitted sexual activity with a child.

He used his Police Uniform to gain entry to schools before he was suspended. Once he was suspended he stole a police uniform and continued visiting schools.

America Luke Richardson aged 22 was jailed on Tuesday 9th August 2016 for five years. He has also been given a sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offenders register for life.

The former officer pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual activity with a child and he even meet a child following child sexual groom and took indecent photographs of child.

Greater Manchester Police suspended SC Richardson in January 2014 when they discovered he entered a school on independent patrol without authorisation. They removed his uniform and warrant card from him.

During his suspension he went into a sixth form college in police uniform after stealing £970 worth of uniform while he was suspended. He was convicted of theft.

What officers discovered next horrified them. They began to investigate an inappropriate contact with children.

Officers arrested him and began a search of his home they removed his computer, phone and tablets for forensic investigation.

These detailed forensic examinations revealed he had an inappropriate relationship with a 14 year old school girl from Essex.

Officers found over 4000 messages had been sent those messages included sexual references and the pair met up at a hotel room booked in Richardson’s name.

GMP charged him with a number of sexual offences in December 2015 and he was remanded into police custody.

Superintendent Mark Kenny from GMP’s Salford Borough said: “I am pleased that America Luke Richardson is now off the streets and unable to harm any more young girls.

“We are continuing to investigate the possibility that Richardson may have more victims and we are appealing for anyone who may have been approached inappropriately by him online, or in person to come and speak to police.

“Richardson joined GMP in May 2013, as soon as it was discovered that Richardson was behaving inappropriately he was removed from all duties.”

Anyone who may have been affected by this case or may believe they have had inappropriate contact with Richardson should contact police on 0161 856 7791 or 101 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers.

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