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Why are we just learning this now: A pedophile cop on patrol during the height of the OCCK.

Because a victim of McNamee came forward, we have now discovered that during the height of the OCCK panic and hysteria, a pedophile cop was patroling Bloomfield Village, waiting at school bus stops and scanning for prey.

Bloomfield Village Police Officer Richard McNamee sought out ten and eleven-year-old girls, offering gum, candy, coloring books and free rides in his squad car where he would then molest them.

On duty from 1972-1979, Officer "Dick" was responsible for supervising the Bloomfield Village Police Operations and for maintaining a liaison with Bloomfield Township Police. In November, 1978, McNamee was the first officer on the scene of Chris Busch's suicide in the family home.

Four months later in March, 1979, McNamee was investigated by Township police and the Michigan State Police Task Force for alleged complaints of sexual misconduct with minors. (Notably, the MSP Task Force asked for the dates of McNamee's sick days and/or vacation days during 1976 and 1977, specifically, the 13-month period when Mark, Jill, Kristine and Tim were abducted and murdered.)

When Bloomfield Township Sgt. P. Earp confronted McNamee with the findings of his investigation, he gave McNamee the option of facing a disciplinary hearing, notifying the prosecutor's office and the news media or resign. McNamee chose to resign. His employment with the Bloomfield Village Police Department was terminated in April 1979.

Somehow, Chief of Police Robert L. Snell saw fit to write letter of recommendation for McNamee, finding him "to be a willing worker and one who his capable of making his employer's goals his own."

In April, 1982, McNamee was convicted of sexual assault with a minor in Macomb County District Court. He was given a slap on the wrist: two years probation and ordered to attend substance abuse training.

He died in 1996 at the age of 67.


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