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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Stockton Man Sentenced to over 11 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Child

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Ricky Lee Richardson Jr., 42, of Stockton, was sentenced today my U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley to 11 years and three months in prison for sex trafficking of a child, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, in November 2011, Richardson recruited a minor victim to engage in sex acts for money. Between December 2011 and March 2012, Richardson caused the then 16-year-old victim to engage in commercial sex acts 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 U.S. Attorney Brian A. Fogerty prosecuted the case.

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 www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 
2:16-cr-069 TLN
Updated September 6, 2018