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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Reno Man Indicted for Sexual Exploitation of an Infant and Distribution of Child Pornography

RENO, Nev. – A Reno man was indicted on Wednesday for the sexual exploitation of an infant and distribution of child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.

 

Derrick Joseph Rady, 35, was charged with one count each of sexual exploitation of a minor and distribution of child pornography. If convicted, the mandatory minimum sentence for sexual exploitation of a minor is 15 years and a maximum of 30 years, and the mandatory minimum sentence for distribution of child pornography is five years and a maximum of 20 years.

 

As alleged in the indictment, on or about Jan. 27, 2017, Rady used an approximately one-year-old infant to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing and distributing child pornography. According to the complaint, Facebook and Google both reported possible child pornography on their sites to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. During the execution of a search warrant at Rady’s residence, the Northern Nevada Child Exploitation Task Force seized multiple electronic devices containing child pornography and a mobile phone that was later identified as the device used to create the child pornography.

 

“It is a high priority of the FBI to protect the most vulnerable in our society: our children,” said Aaron C. Rouse, FBI Las Vegas Special Agent in Charge. “Every time child pornography is viewed on the internet it re-victimizes a child.”

 

The case is being investigated by the Northern Nevada Child Exploitation Task Force, which is comprised of members of the FBI, the Reno Police Department, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nevada Attorney General’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shannon M. Bryant.

 

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

 

This case was 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood and for information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

 

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Updated May 4, 2017