Powhatan Man Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography
(Richmond, Va.) – William Allen Richardson, age 39, of Powhatan County, Virginia, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to one count of production of child pornography. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson.
Richardson was indicted on September 6, 2011, by a federal grand jury. Sentencing has been scheduled for March 7, 2012. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15-years’ imprisonment and a maximum penalty of 30-years’ imprisonment, and will be required to register as a sex offender in any U.S. jurisdiction in which he lives, works, or attends school.
According to court documents and information provided in open court at the plea hearing, Powhatan Sheriff deputies arrested Richardson in July 2010, after two minors both reported to the Sheriff's Office that Richardson and his 51-year-old friend, Ormand Dixon, both had had sex with each of them several times during a two-week period that month. Richardson took several photos of the sexual encounters on a digital camera and his cell phone. A subsequent forensic examination of Richardson's computer equipment, camera, and cell phones revealed numerous saved images of the minors engaged in sexual acts, which constitute child pornography. Forensic analysts recovered dozens of seized DVDs containing thousands of additional child images and videos of child pornography that were downloaded from the Internet. Richardson pled guilty earlier this year in Powhatan Circuit Court to related charges, including indecent liberties, and is currently serving an active state sentence of 2-years’ imprisonment.
This case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Powhatan County Sheriff's Office. Special Assistant United States Attorney Gene Fishel of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.