IRVING, TEXAS, MAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS PROBATION,
TO INCLUDE ONE YEAR OF HOME CONFINEMENT,
FOR ORDERING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY DVDS THROUGH THE MAIL
Defendant Must Also Register as a Sex Offender
DALLAS — Richard Ferrando, 53, of Irving, Texas, who admitted in October that he ordered child pornography DVDs from a catalog, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to five years probation, with the first year to be served in home confinement, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. In addition, Judge Boyle ordered that Ferrando register as a sex offender.
Ferrando pleaded guilty to one count of attempted possession of child pornography. According to documents filed in the case, Ferrando ordered child pornography from a catalogue, sending the company $250 for 10 DVDs. The descriptions of the DVDs specifically stated that they contained child pornography.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. 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
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Schall.