100-MONTH SENTENCE FOR FORMER WESTERVILLE GIRLS LACROSSE COACH WHO RECEIVED CHILD PORN OVER THE INTERNET
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12, 2011
Public Affairs Officer
COLUMBUS – Richard Case Jr., 35, of Westerville, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 100 months in prison for knowingly receiving child pornography over the Internet. After his prison term, he will be placed under court supervision for five years. He will be required to register as a sex offender any where he lives, works, or goes to school.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and members of the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force announced the sentence handed down today by Senior United States District Judge George C. Smith.
Case pleaded guilty on September 15, 2010 to one count of receipt of child pornography. According to a statement of facts read at the plea hearing, Case posted an ad on Craigslist in June, 2010 requesting someone to meet with him and engage in sexual activities, and invited females of any age to respond. An ICAC Task Force patrolling the Internet posed as a 15-year old girl and responded to the ad.
Through a series of online conversations, Case arranged a meeting at a local park. When Case arrived for the meeting, task force officers arrested him. Agents obtained a search warrant for Case’s house. They found two desktop computers and storage media which held approximately 500 images of child pornography. At the time, he was the girls’ lacrosse coach at Westerville North High School.
In a memorandum filed with the court prior to sentencing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said, “Prior to attempting to meet up with the underage female, Mr. Case was viewing and collecting child pornography. Stated plainly, Mr. Case represents the manifestation of Congress’ fears: That defendants who collect and traffic in child pornography are sexually interested in children and will subsequently act out or attempt to act out on those sexual interests. Mr. Case’s behavior thus makes his offense more serious than a typical child pornography offense.”
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 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/.
Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by the Franklin County ICAC task force officers, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hunter, who prosecuted the case.