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Press Release

Alexandria Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Richard Robinson, 58, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty today to receipt of child pornography.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, from October 2010 to May 2015, Robinson used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to receive and collect child pornography videos and images, including videos of children as young as five years old being sexually abused. In total, Robinson’s child pornography collection included 326 images and 202 videos of children being sexually exploited, including images and videos depicting sadistic or masochistic conduct.

Robinson faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, and a maximum of 20 years in prison, when sentenced on March 4, 2016. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Washington D.C. office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. This case was investigated by HSI with assistance from the Northern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:15-CR-329.

Updated February 4, 2016