CONCORD -- The attorney for a San Francisco police officer arrested on suspicion of sexually molesting a teenager said Friday that his client believed the victim was an adult and that the relationship between the two was consensual.
Concord police confirmed Thursday that Richard H. Hastings III was arrested near his Concord home on Aug. 21, booked and released after he posted bond. He is accused of molesting a 15-year-old, police said.
Police have presented their investigation to prosecutors and asked them to charge Hastings with lewd and lascivious acts with a child 14 or 15 years old, sodomy with a child under 16 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office said that it reviewed the case against Hastings and sent it back to Concord police for further investigation on Thursday.
"This was an entirely consensual relationship," attorney Harry Stern said in an email Friday. "There is no allegation of force or coercion.
"Mr. Hastings was explicitly told and reasonably believed that the other party was an adult -- there was corroboration to that effect."
Police launched the investigation into the relationship between the juvenile and the 37-year-old Hastings on Aug. 8 but have not said what led them to begin looking into the relationship between the two.
Stern said Hastings has been cooperating with police since the investigation began. During the investigation, detectives established probable cause to arrest Hastings for committing several sex offenses in Concord against the teen, police said. Police obtained an arrest warrant, and Hastings was arrested without incident at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 21 on Monument Boulevard near Ramona Lane.
Police searched his home but did not disclose what was found.
A spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department confirmed that Hastings had been suspended without pay since the day of arrest.
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