BOSTON - A Fall River man was sentenced today in federal court for possession of child pornography.
Richard A. Doherty, Jr., 23, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper to 18 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Doherty pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on Jan. 24, 2012. Following the sentencing hearing, Doherty was taken into federal custody.
Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that Doherty used peer-to-peer software to trade images and videos of child pornography, and made such images and videos available to others on the Internet. He possessed approximately 10,000 images and video files including those of prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit activity.
United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael I. Yoon of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit and Trial Attorney Thomas Franzinger of the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
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