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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Former Chatham County Deputy Sheriff Indicted On Federal Child Pornography Charge

Savannah, GA – Richard Adam Hall, 52, of Savannah, Georgia was indicted this week by a federal grand jury sitting in Savannah on charges of producing child pornography, transporting a minor to engage in sexual activity, and other charges.  In part, the indictment alleges that Hall, a former Chatham County Deputy Sheriff, coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography.  The indictment further alleges that Hall transported a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.  Earlier this year, a Chatham County grand jury indicted Hall on 25 counts of child molestation and related offenses.

If convicted on all counts of the federal indictment, Hall could face a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $1 million fine.  The federal indictment of Hall arises out of a joint investigation by HSI, the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, and the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department.  U. S. Attorney Edward Tarver emphasized that an indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant United States Attorneys Daniel R. Crumby is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.  For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

Updated April 13, 2015