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Police: Cop impersonator lured girls into bathroom for child porn

OREM, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Police say a man posing as a police officer lured little girls into his home to video tape them while using his bathroom.
OREM, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Police say a man posing as a police officer lured little girls into his home to video tape them while using his bathroom.

David Morris Richards was booked into the Utah County jail after police say he posed as a police officer and used candy to lure little girls into his home, where he gave them a lot of liquids, so that they would have to use is bathroom.

Police say once the girls drank the juice and water, Richards' insisted they use his toilet. That that's when police say Richards photographed and videotaped the girls as they undressed to use his bathroom.

"My daughter told me he would give them juice to drink and gave them the figts if they used his bathroom," said Maria Morales the mother of one of the alleged victims.

Her eight year old daughter told ABC 4 News said she thought there wasn't a problem with his offer because he was a police officer."

"He told us to call him Lt. D," said the little girl.  "He gave me candy and if I would go (to the bathroom) more than  once he would give me prizes."

Morales and another mother in the neighborhood trusted Richards.

"He was a police officer," said Gabriela Sanchez whose daughter and niece were in Richard's home. "We had him over for dinner, holidays and even gave him a birthday party last month."

The parents said they had no idea that he was photographing their daughters in the home.

"He would be outside playing with the children giving them juice," Sanchez said.  "My daughter said she would have to go to the bathroom and he told them to use his bathroom.

Sanchez said his daughter would see the flash of a camera go off in the bathroom but didn't think anything of it.

A neighbor who spotted Richards talking with a young girl behind a tree eventually became suspicious.

"I didn't think it was right that he was alone with her so my mother bear instincts kicked in," said Kristi Mahana.

Mahana told her friend who belongs to the group Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA).

Police were notified and Richards was investigated and Friday was charged with multiple felonies including sexual exploitation of a minor and forcible sex abuse.

Sgt Craig Martinez of the Orem police department said they have discovered ten victims in the neighborhood.
  
"We believe there could be more out there that's why we hope to get his picture out their," said Sgt. Martinez.



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