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Monday, August 3, 2015

Tampa Man Sentenced To Twenty Years For Trading Child Pornography

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Richard Donald Ragsdale (57, Tampa) to 20 years in federal prison for transportation and receipt of child pornography.  He pleaded guilty on December 18, 2014.

According to the complaint, on May 5, 2014, an undercover agent downloaded child pornography from an Internet Protocol (IP) address that was connected to Ragsdale’s residence. Further investigation revealed online chats by Ragsdale, in which he admitted to having prior sexual contact with children and discussed the sexual abuse of children. On June 24, 2014, a federal search warrant was executed at Ragsdale’s Tampa residence. Agents found hundreds of videos and images depicting child pornography on Ragsdale’s laptop.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.

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 the 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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 3, 2015