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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Phenix City Man Sentenced For Distributing Child Pornography

            Montgomery, Ala. –    Today, Acting United States Attorney Sandra J. Stewart announced that a Phenix City, Alabama man has been sentenced for distribution of child pornography. On August 10, 2021, 37-year-old Richard Ryan Jazek was sentenced to 151 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

            According to court records, in the Fall of 2020, the FBI received information about a Kik messenger app user who was sharing images and videos of suspected child pornography. Law enforcement discovered that the suspected Kik account and username was linked to Jazek, along with the IP address. Further investigation revealed that Jazek’s Kik account had in fact uploaded multiple images and videos containing child pornography. In his plea agreement, Jazek admitted specifically sharing a video on September 22, 2020, and then sharing an image on October 4, 2020. After both of these Kik postings, Jazek responded to other users viewing the video and image in the chat section and made disturbing comments. In addition to his prison sentence, Jazek was ordered to pay $27,000.00 in restitution, or $3000.00 each to nine victims identified in the videos and images he was sharing.   

            The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorneys James P. Lamb and MaryLou E. Bowdre prosecuted the case.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated August 11, 2021