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Friday, July 21, 2017

Florida Man Sentenced To Twelve Years For Receiving Child Pornography From The Dark Net

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Richard Lueck (62, Satellite Beach) to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison for receiving child pornography. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the electronic devices he had used to commit the offense, and to serve 10 years of supervision following his release from prison.

 

Lueck plead guilty on April 14, 2017.

 

According to court documents, the FBI identified Lueck through a nationwide investigation of “Playpen,” a child pornography website that operated as a hidden service on the Dark Net - an area of the Internet only accessible through an encrypted browsing platform. Lueck downloaded child pornography from the illicit site until March 4, 2015, when it was shut down by the FBI. Pursuant to a search warrant, agents seized Lueck’s electronic devices and located 143 images of child pornography. Lueck admitted that he had obtained child pornography from the Dark Net for six years, and that he had used an encrypted browser to conceal his illegal conduct from law enforcement.

 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen L. Gable.

 

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 United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated July 21, 2017