Pikesville Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Receipt of Child Pornography
More than 30,000 Images of Child Pornography Recovered from His Home
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Harold Leroy Rivers, age 62, of Pikesville, Maryland, today to seven years in prison, including 12 months of home detention with electronic monitoring, followed by supervised release for life, for receipt of child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Bennett also ordered Rivers to pay a fine of $15,000.
According to his guilty plea, on October 25, 2006 an undercover agent in San Jose, California logged onto a child pornography message board and posted two messages indicating the availability of a file containing pictures of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Both of the messages provided links to download a preview of the advertised file. These links actually did not contain child pornography; rather, the users were sent to an untraceable file located on an FBI covert computer.
On October 26, 2006 Rivers partially downloaded one of the posted preview files from the FBI covert computer 88 times. On February 28, 2007, agents searched Rivers’ residence and recovered numerous CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, external hard drives, zip drives, floppy disks and computers which contained a large number of pictures of child pornography. More than 30,000 images and movie files of child pornography were identified on Rivers’ computer hard drives. Most of the images depicted prepubescent minors, including at least 4,000 images of identified child victims. The images also included numerous sadistic and masochistic images depicting child pornography.
Rivers also admitted videotaping young girls in Baltimore and New York sitting outside on steps wearing dresses and skirts, focusing on the genital area of the girls. Several of the VHS tapes recovered during the search contained such images.
This case was brought as part of 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. Details about Maryland’s program are available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its investigative work and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who prosecuted the case.