Doug Richard, former Dragons' Den star and business advisor to Cameron, charged with child sex offences

Richard strongly denies the allegations

Ex-Dragons’ Den star and former advisor to David Cameron, Doug Richard, has been charged with a string of child sex offences.

The charges relate to a 13-year-old girl and Richard is accused of three counts of sexual activity with a child, and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Richards, 57, who is married with three children has said he strongly denies the allegations.

He will appear before City of London Magistrates’ Court on 5 October.

The Crown Prosecution Service’s Caroline Hughes said: “We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by City of London Police in relation to Douglas Richard, 57, who was arrested on 5 January this year.

“Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Douglas Richard to be charged with three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

“The alleged offences occurred on 2 January 2015 and relate to one victim aged 13 at the time.

Richard appeared in the first two series of the hit television programme Dragons’ Den, and David Cameron gave him an advisory role on entrepreneurial policy in 2008.

Richard had also worked for Cameron in the past, writing a report on the state of small businesses in Britain when Cameron was leader of the opposition.

In an earlier statement Richard said: “I absolutely deny the allegations made about me. It would be inappropriate to comment further given that the police are at a very early stage of their investigation.”

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