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Richmond Police officer arrested for sexual assault of minor

Richard Davidson (Source: Richmond Police) Richard Davidson (Source: Richmond Police)

A Richmond Police officer is charged with having inappropriate contact with a child.

Authorities say 47-year-old Richard Davidson Jr. took indecent liberties with a custodial child. The same officer was recently praised for his work, volunteering as a Big Brother in Richmond.

Davidson Jr. joined the Richmond Police Department seven years ago to protect and serve, but the man with the badge is now arrested.

Fatima Smith offers support for survivors of childhood trauma:

"If you are that family or that friend, it's important not to blame them. It's important to make sure that you give them space and that you’re patient.

"Sometimes we want to do the who, what, when, where, how. It's important to know they may not have the vernacular - or words I should say - to explain it in a way that makes sense to you, or in an order that makes sense, because they have just experienced a trauma."

So how do you know if your child may have been taken advantage of?

"If you notice your child is doing behaviors that they outgrew - bed wetting, thumb sucking - if you notice your child no longer wants to be left alone or they don't want to be apart from their caregiver,” Smith says these could be potential red flags.

As for Officer Davidson, he's on leave without pay as the investigation takes its course. He is the same police officer recently praised for being a volunteer Big Brother, one who vowed to always support his mentee, even offering to make sure he gets into college. Police have not said who the child is that's at the center of the officer's appalling allegation.

If you know of something like this happening, don’t hesitate to contact the hotline for help at 804-305-2420.

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