St. Petersburg Registered Sex Offender Charged With Child Pornography Offenses
Tampa, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the filing of a criminal complaint charging Richard Sikorski (40, St. Petersburg) with receipt and possession of child pornography. If convicted on all counts, Sikorski faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years, up to a maximum penalty of 60 years in federal prison.
The complaint alleges that between May 2012 and October 2012, Sikorski received child pornography using his cellular phone. Sikorski admitted that he received child pornography using his phone, viewed it, and then deleted it so that he would not be detected by law enforcement. Sikorski also stated that he had chatted with other individuals via text messaging regarding the sexual exploitation of children. Approximately 29 videos of child pornography were located on the SD card of Sikorski's cellular phone.
Sikorski is a registered sex offender, based on a 2001 federal conviction in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, for transporting child pornography by computer.
A criminal complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.
It is another case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc for more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."