Spokane – James A. McDevitt, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Richard Lloyd Parham, age 58, of Spokane, Washington was sentenced today for receiving child pornography over the Internet.
In the spring of 2008, the Washington State Patrol High Tech Computer Crimes Unit identified a computer sharing child pornography over the Internet. Further investigation showed that computer to be operating from Richard Parham’s residence in Spokane, Washington. In July 2008, a search warrant was executed at Richard Parham’s residence. Three computers, two additional hard drives and various electronic storage devices were seized. A thorough examination showed them to contain nearly 600 videos of children pornography. The videos had been downloaded on the computer between December 2007 and July 2008. Some of the videos were of children under 6 years old and some were sadistic and masochistic images of minors. In August 2009, Richard Parham was charged by grand jury indictment for receiving child pornography and in June 2010, Richard Parham pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography.
Richard Parham was ordered to serve 60 months in prison, followed by a life term of court supervision after he is released from prison. Richard Parham will be required to register as a sex offender for his lifetime.
James A. McDevitt, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said, “I commend the network of dedicated law enforcement officers for their continued vigilance demonstrated by this case. Our community is safer when those who prey upon the most vulnerable members of our society are detected and incarcerated.”
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. The Project Safe Childhood (PSC) Initiative has five major components:
- Integrated federal, state, and local efforts to investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases, and to identify and rescue child victims
- Participation of PSC partners in coordinated national initiatives
- Increased federal enforcement in child pornography and enticement cases
- Training of federal, state, and local law enforcement agents
- Community awareness and educational programs
To report these crimes, visit www.cybertipline.com or call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s hotline at 1-800-843-5678.
This investigation was conducted by the Washington State Patrol with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Stephanie Lister, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.