Garland, Texas, Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Federal Prison on Child Pornography Conviction
DALLAS — Evan Richards, 22, of Garland, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 120 months in federal prison, after pleading guilty earlier this year to an Information charging one count of transporting and shipping child pornography. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to documents filed in the case, a detective with the Garland Police Department, working online in an undercover capacity, identified a computer using a peer-to-peer program and the Internet to share images of child pornography. The investigation revealed that the computer belonged to Richards. A search warrant was executed at Richards’ residence on September 18, 2012, and law enforcement seized his computer. Richards admitted that he downloaded images and videos that he made available for sharing and that he believed there were approximately 2000 child pornography files on his computer. He admitted downloading child pornography for three to four years using file-sharing software.
Richards has been in custody since he entered his guilty plea in January 2013.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”
The investigation was conducted by the Garland Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks prosecuted.
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