Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Richard Daniel Lord (58, Jacksonville) to seven years and three months in federal prison for receiving sexual abuse videos of child over the Internet. He was also ordered to serve a life term of supervision and to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
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 cellphones 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 Lord’s cellphones revealed six videos that he had downloaded depicting prepubescent children being sexually abused.
This case was investigated by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was 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.justice.gov/psc.