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Eastern District of California

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stockton Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking Of A Child

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Ricky Lee Richardson, Jr., 41, of Stockton, pleaded guilty today to sex trafficking of a child, United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. 

According to court documents, in November 2011, Richardson recruited a minor victim to engage in prostitution. Between December 2011 and March 2012, Richardson caused the then 16-year-old victim to engage in prostitution in Stockton and elsewhere in Northern California. Richardson arranged for photos to be taken of the victim and he posted prostitution advertisements on the internet that contained nude photos of the victim. Richardson drove the victim to motels and gave her false identification cards that she used to rent rooms for the prostitution activity. Richardson took the money that the victim obtained from that activity.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Stockton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Brian A. Fogerty and Jill M. Thomas are prosecuting the case.

Richardson has been in custody since his arrest in April 2016.

Richardson is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Troy L. Nunley on May 17, 2018. Richardson faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.

Human Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 
2:16-CR-69 TLN
Updated February 15, 2018