Martin County Residents Indicted for Production and Distribution of Child Pornography
Two Martin County residents were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury for producing child pornography. One was also charged with the distribution of child pornography.
Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, Ken Mascara, Sheriff, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office (SLCSO), and William D. Snyder, Sheriff, Martin County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), made the announcement.
Joshua Lane Rogers, 34, and Richard William Lockley, 34, both of Stuart, were charged in a superseding indictment. Both defendants have been detained pending trial as a risk of flight and danger to the community.
More specifically, the 10 count superseding indictment charges Rogers with five counts of production of visual depictions of sexual exploitation of minors, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2251(a) and (e); and five counts of distribution production of visual depictions of sexual exploitation of minors, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, 2252(a)(2) and (b)(1). Lockley is charged together with Rogers in one count of production of visual depictions of sexual exploitation of minors. If convicted of the production or distribution charges, Rogers and Lockley face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years up to 30 years in prison, up to a lifetime of supervised release, and mandatory sex offender registration.
According to the criminal complaints filed in this matter, on September 3, 2017, SLCSO deputies responded to a “Missing Person Juvenile/ Runaway” call for a missing 16-year-old minor. On September 27, 2017, Rogers was arrested when he was located at a Stuart Dunkin Donuts with the minor victim. After meeting her online, Rogers offered the minor victim to come live with him. A forensic analysis of Roger’s cellular smart phone revealed that Rogers had recorded sexually explicit activity with the minor victim on numerous occasions, using his cellular smartphone. Detectives later discovered that Rogers distributed several of the images and videos to other individuals, via MMS text communications, and a social media networking program. Detectives found that Rogers and another male produced a video of sexually explicit conduct and activity with the minor victim. MCSO detectives identified this male to be Lockley and arrested him on November 15, 2017. Detectives executed a federal search warrant on Lockley’s cellular smartphone, locating videos of Rogers and Lockley engaged in sexually explicit activity with the victim, produced inside of Rogers’ Martin County residence.
Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, SLCSO and the MCSO for their work on this case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carmen Lineberger.
An indictment is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.