Warning: Contains Information Some Readers May Find Upsetting
A man from Ohio has been arrested and charged with a felony assault after beating up an alleged child molester.
Richard Adams 20, had reportedly been doing laundry in a Cleveland suburb when he allegedly walked in on a 17-year-old molesting a five-year-old boy.
Adams has explained how he ‘snapped’ after seeing the 17-year-old with the child’s ‘penis inside of his mouth’. He managed to get the alleged molester away from the boy, and proceeded to beat him up.
Adams then uploaded a video to Facebook, showing the alleged molester covered in blood and being questioned heatedly. The video has since been removed, with Adams expressing regret at posting it.
The alleged molester is now in custody after being arrested and charged with rape, as reported by Cleveland 19.
The alleged victim, who reportedly told Adams the molester ‘had touched him the night before’ has been taken into protective custody.
Adams, who is currently out out on a $5,000 personal bond, spoke with Cleveland 19 about the incident:
I do feel sorry for the video. I should not have posted that and I do feel remorseful for that.
I want everyone to stop all the child offenders and predators out there. I don’t want any child to have to go through that.
Adams also expressed fears that he wouldn’t be around for the birth of his child:
I am scared. I have a kid on the way and I do want to be there for my child’s birth and that’s the only thing that’s worrying me right now. I almost want to cry saying it.
Beating the crap out of a pedophile should earn you respect and a thank you from the community including local law enforcement. Charging this hero with anything criminal is honestly offensive. Richard Adams, thank you for defending a helpless child from such a heinous act.
— Feed Me Pills and Happy Meals (@Brian03240297) March 24, 2019
Eastlake Police – who have received numerous calls protesting against Adams’ arrest – have since made the following statement on Facebook:
We truly understand the interest, passion and concerns with this type of case […]
It has been processed by the court and will continue to go through the system. Most of the people within our police departments, courts and the entire justice system have families of their own and the men and women are diligently working to ensure that everything is done correctly so that justice is served.
To attack people within the system to achieve a certain outcome is not what justice is about. We appreciate the impact that this story has had on the community and beyond but we expect people to be civil in expressing their disagreement and/or support of what has and will take place.
Adams’ uncle has set up a GoFundMe page to support his nephew’s legal fees, which has raised well over $30,000 at the time of writing.
Adams’ next court appearance will take place in April.
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence regarding the welfare of a child contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. If you are a child seeking advice and support call Childline for free on 0800 1111.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.