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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Delaware

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Clayton Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Wilmington returned an indictment today charging Rick Schriber, 72, of Clayton, Delaware, with receiving, distributing, and possessing child pornography.

The Indictment alleges that Schriber received and distributed child pornography from approximately September 2018 through August 2019.  According to additional documents filed in federal court, Schriber is alleged to have received and distributed this child pornography via e-mail exchanges with another individual. 

Law enforcement officers searched Schriber’s residence on October 20, 2021. Agents discovered child pornography, which Schriber is also charged with possessing, and arrested him. Schriber has been detained since his arrest.

If convicted, Schriber faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Weiss commented, “The production, distribution, and collection of child pornography is a heinous shadow industry that targets the most vulnerable among us – our children.  Our office is dedicated to combatting this abhorrent industry and bringing those who lurk in its shadows to justice.”

The case was investigated by the Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking Squad of the FBI Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Briana Knox is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Related court documents and information are  located on the website of the District Court for the District of Delaware or on PACER.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

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Updated October 26, 2021