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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 08, 2011

VIRGINIA MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CRIMES IN EAST TEXAS

       TYLER, Texas – A 63-year-old Christianburg, Virginia man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. 
                 
Charles Abner Richey, Jr. pleaded guilty on July 7, 2011, to coercion and enticement of minors and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. 

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.

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 was 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.

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