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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008

CHILD PREDATOR SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS FOR
DOWNLOADING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND RELATED CONDUCT

WILMINGTON- Senior United States District Court Judge James C. Fox yesterday sentenced RICHARD CHARLES OLISLAGER of Wake Forest, N. C. to 480 months' (40 years') imprisonment for downloading child pornography between February of 2005 and September of 2006. In arriving at the sentence, the Court found that OLISLAGER, who had previously been convicted of a forcible sexual assault against a child and was charged in Wake County in 2006 with Promoting the Prostitution of A Minor and Attempted Indecent Liberties With A Minor, had engaged in a pattern of activity involving the sexual abuse of minors. The Court further concluded that the OLISLAGER’S criminal history under-represented the seriousness of the defendant’s past criminal conduct, prompting the court to impose the maximum sentence permitted by law. OLISLAGER pled guilty on June 11, 2007, to a single count of receipt of child pornography. Testimony provided by investigators during OLISLAGER’S sentencing revealed that his personal computer contained approximately 259 child pornography videos, including videos depicting prepubescent children engaged in explicit sexual conduct as well as clips depicting sadomasochistic and violent sexual abuse of children. A separate investigation additionally revealed that OLISLAGER had solicited sex acts from several employees at a local restaurant he had managed, at least one of whom was under the age of 16, in exchange for money or relief from work obligations. This conduct had been reported to the Raleigh Police Department by one of the victims.

United States Attorney George E. B. Holding welcomed the news of the sentencing: “It is an unfortunate reality that in every federal district in our nation, there are criminals who seek to prey sexually on our children. It is also a reality that these predators are fueled by access to child pornography the nature and quantity of which was nearly unheard of a few short years ago. As sobering as these realities are, we can be proud to live in a district in which the horror of these crimes is met with determined investigators, prosecutors, and judges who see the problem for what it is and respond accordingly. As this case shows beyond any doubt, child pornography is not a victimless crime. The victims are not only the children who are raped and abused for the idle entertainment of a predator, but the children around us every day for whom the risk of abuse goes up as pedophiles feed their interests. My office is committed to stopping it.”

“I would also like to specifically thank the Raleigh Police Department, the Wake Forest Police Department, the State Bureau of Investigation, and the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, as well as the United States Postal Inspection Service for coordinating this case and working so diligently with our office to bring justice in this matter. Yesterday’s result shows the power of what we can accomplish when we reach across state and federal law enforcement lines and pool our resources towards attacking serious crimes. Investigation of the case was led from beginning to end by state and local law enforcement, with federal support. I hope that this case serves as a reminder to every county in our district: if you have a predator in your community, our office wants to help you put him away.”

OLISLAGER was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a national program aimed at ensuring that child exploitation criminals are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level, whether state, federal or local. AUSA Joe Exum, Jr. prosecuted the case for the United States.

 

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