States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|June 9, 2011||
Project Safe Childhood:
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations office in Boston, announced that RICHARD D. HENDRICKS, 31, of Horse Hill Road, Ashford, was arrested yesterday, June 8, on a federal criminal complaint charging him with possession of child pornography and receipt and distribution of child pornography.
According to documents filed with the court and statements made in court, in May 2011, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) identified HENDRICKS as allegedly using his credit card to purchase access to the live online viewing of minors in the Philippines performing sex acts.
On June 6, 2011, with HENDRICKS’ consent, ICE HSI special agents seized two laptop computers, one desktop computer and two external hard drives from HENDRICKS’ residence. Preliminary analysis of the seized computers and components have revealed images and videos of suspected child pornography.
HENDRICKS is a computer instructor at the East Hampton Middle School in East Hampton, Connecticut.
HENDRICKS appear today before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford. HENDRICKS waived his right to a detention hearing and is currently in federal custody.
If convicted of the charge of possession of child pornography, HENDRICKS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000. If convicted of the charge of receipt and distribution of child pornography, HENDRICKS faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated ICE Homeland Security Investigations, with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police and the East Hampton Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Deborah Slater and Ray Miller.
This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, and the District of Connecticut’s “Operation Constant Vigilance,” which are aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.
U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Department of Justice
Project Safe Neighborhoods