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Arlington Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Distributing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Richard Creech, 45, of Arlington, Va., was sentenced today to 84 months in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for distribution of child pornography.
Kathleen M. Kahoe, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Acting Special Agent in Charge Scot R. Rittenberg of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Claude M. Hilton.
Creech pleaded guilty on May 24, 2013.  According to court documents, Creech used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to collect and share child pornography videos, including numerous videos of children between 5 and 12 years old being raped and sexually abused.  In total, Creech’s child pornography collection included over 1,100 images and 1,300 videos of children being sexually exploited.  Creech also wrote and distributed dozens of stories about children being raped, and he had a 170-page electronic book entitled “How To Practice Child Love,” which provided a step-by-step guide on how to target vulnerable children, coerce them into a sexual relationship, and avoid getting caught. 
This case was investigated by HSI with assistance from the Northern Virginia-District of Columbia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorneys Matt Gardner and Jay Prabhu prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
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.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

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