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Ex-police officer 'kept list of boys he had sexual interest in'

A former police officer and scoutmaster kept a list of boys to whom he was sexually attracted, a court heard.

Allan Richards was also said to have kept details of an alleged victim's clothes in a diary found at his home.

Birmingham Crown Court heard Mr Richards, 54, was questioned about alleged abuse in 2000 and 2004.

Mr Richards, previously of Thaxted Road in Tile Cross, denies committing 12 counts of indecent assault against boys aged 11 to 15 between 1982 and 2003.

The assaults are alleged to have taken place at scout camps, swimming pools and other locations, the jury heard.

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Prosecuting, Miranda Moore QC told jurors the 54-year-old was convicted of similar offences in June this year after an earlier hearing.

Detailing the latest allegations, she said an inquiry was launched into the ex-West Midlands Police officer in 2014.

Police found a list of names on a computer hard drive, she said, as well as diaries "in the defendant's own hand".

"This is a list of males in whom the defendant had a sexual interest," she said.

Mr Richards was removed from his position as a scoutmaster in 2004 following an earlier complaint, but the court heard he had been informed he would not face prosecution the following year.

Ms Moore said the defendant also used a police database to access information about young males, including some of the alleged victims, until 2011.

"Allan Richards not only abused his position as a scoutmaster, he misused his position as a police officer with the West Midlands Police force," she said.

The trial continues.

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