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Jacksonville Man Federally Charged For Receiving Child Pornography Over The Internet

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced today that Richard Daniel Lord (57, Jacksonville) has been arrested and charged in a federal criminal complaint with receiving child pornography over the Internet. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years, up to 20 years, in federal prison, and a potential life term of supervision. His detention hearing is scheduled for October 5, 2016, at 3:30 p.m., in Jacksonville. 

According to the complaint, on September 30, 2016, FBI agents executed a federal search warrant at Lord’s residence in Jacksonville. During an interview with agents, he admitted that he had used his cellphones to search for, download, and view child pornography. He stated that he was most interested in images and videos of children who were between 10 and 12 years of age, that he searched for child pornography “constantly,” and that he was unable to control himself. A forensic examination of one of Lord’s cellphones revealed a video that had been downloaded by Lord on September 16, 2016, depicting a child being sexually abused.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

It is another case 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, 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

Updated October 3, 2016

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