Man jailed for sexually abusing four young girls - Hoddesdon

30/08/2017

A former DRAGONS' Den contestant was jailed for 57 months today, Wednesday, 30 August 2017, for sex attacks on four young girls.

Richard Hazell, aged 48, appeared on the BBC show in 2007 asking for a £10,000 investment for a diamond drill bit he has invented. He was turned down.

He was arrested last August after the father of one of the victim's complained about his behaviour to social services. Other complaints involving three other girls were then made.

St Albans Crown Court was told 2,957 indecent images of children were found on his laptops and computers. The police also found explicit search terms on his laptop such as "teeny tiny girlfriends."

Hazell, from Hoddesdon, Herts was found guilty of 13 charges: two of sexual assault on a child under 13, two of sexual assault, one of taking indecent photos of children, seven of making (downloading) indecent photos of children, one of making an indecent pseudo photo of a child. The jury cleared him of two offences of sexual assault on a child under 13.

Hazell denied assaulting the girls and told the court the images and search terms could have been "parachuted" onto his computers when they were being repaired.

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