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VIRGINIA MAN GUILTY OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CRIMES IN EAST TEXAS
TYLER, Texas – A 63-year-old Christianburg, Virginia man has pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Charles Abner Richey, Jr. pleaded guilty to coercion and enticement of minors today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.
According to information presented in court, from Apr. 19, 2011 to May 5, 2011, Richey used a computer to communicate with a minor in an attempt to engage in sexual activity. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on June 2, 2011, charging Richey with federal child pornography violations.
Richey faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Longview Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.