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APRIL 11, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WALDORF MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TRANSPORTATION
OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Greenbelt, Maryland - Richard Patrick Jackman, age 39, of Waldorf, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to transporting child pornography by computer, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the statement of facts presented to the court at today’s guilty plea, on January 10, 2007, a video that contained sexually explicit footage of a prepubescent boy in a bathtub was transmitted via the internet to an undercover agent in the Buffalo, New York Innocent Images Task Force from the IP address associated with “luvsmooth,” one of the screen names used by Richard Jackman. A later search of Jackman’s residence recovered more than 600 images of child pornography from Jackman’s computer. Jackman is already registered as a sex offender with the Charles County sex offender registry after having been previously convicted of possession of child pornography.
Jackman faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 40 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release for transporting child pornography. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus has scheduled sentencing for June 20, 2007 at 9:00 a.m.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States 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/.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the investigative work performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Fortune, who is prosecuting the case.