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Dragons’ Den contestant jailed for sex attacks on girls

  • Richard Hazell, 48, from Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, appeared on the BBC show in 2007 asking for a £10,000 investment for a diamond drill bit he has invented 
  • He was arrested last August after the father of one of the victims complained 
  • St. Albans Crown Court was told 2,957 indecent images of children were found 
  • After a hearing, in which he denied the charges, he was jailed for 57 months 

A Dragons’ Den contestant, who had 3,000 indecent images of children, has been jailed for sex attacks on four young girls. 

Richard Hazell, 48, from Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, 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 victims complained about his behaviour to social services.

Hazell 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 ‘really old men f*****g young girls’ and ‘teeny tiny girlfriends’.

Hazell was convicted earlier 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, whose wife is divorcing him, denied assaulting the girls. 

He told the court the images and search terms could have been ‘parachuted’ onto his computers when they were being repaired.

Hazell was sentenced to 57 months in jail. 

Richard Hazell, 48, from Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, appeared on the BBC show in 2007 asking for a £10,000 investment for a diamond drill bit he has invented

Richard Hazell, 48, from Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, appeared on the BBC show in 2007 asking for a £10,000 investment for a diamond drill bit he has invented

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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