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New York Man Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Producing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Pearl River, New York, man was sentenced today to 300 months in prison for photographing and filming a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct and sharing those images online, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Richard Murphy, 33, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an information charging him with sexual exploitation of a minor. Judge Vazquez imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:

Murphy admitted that in December 2016, he persuaded a child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of taking photos and videos of that conduct. Murphy also admitted that he took video of the child performing a sex act on him. In addition, Murphy admitted that he shared the sexually explicit images with another individual online.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Vazquez sentenced Murphy to 15 years of supervised release. Restitution will be determined at a hearing within 90 days of today’s sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael, with the investigation.

The government is represented Assistant U.S. Attorneys Danielle Alfonzo Walsman, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Public Protection Unit, and Leticia Vandehaar, Chief of Staff to the U.S. Attorney.

Defense counsel: David I. Goldstein Esq., Chestnut Ridge, New York

Updated November 13, 2018

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Press Release Number: 18-394