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Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Jacksonville Man Pleads Guilty To Receiving Child Sexual Abuse Videos Over The Internet

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced today that Richard Daniel Lord (58, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to receiving child sexual abuse videos over the Internet. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5, up to 20 years, in federal prison, and a potential life term of supervision. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled. Lord has been in federal custody since his arrest on September 30, 2016.    

According to court documents, on September 30, 2016, FBI agents executed a federal search warrant at Lord’s Jacksonville residence, while he was at home.  During an interview with agents, Lord admitted to using his cellular telephones to search for, download, and view child pornography, that he was most interested in images and videos of children between the ages of 10-12 years old, and that he searched for child pornography “constantly” and could not control himself. A forensic examination of one of Lord’s cell phones revealed a video that had been downloaded by him on September 16, 2016, depicting a prepubescent minor 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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Updated December 29, 2016