You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 20, 2018

Stuart Resident Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Producing Pornography of a Teenage Victim

Richard William Lockley, 34, of Stuart, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Donald L. Graham to 15 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for producing pornography of a teenage victim.  He was ordered to register as a sex offender.  Co-Defendant Joshua Lane Rogers, 34, also of Stuart, is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States 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.  

According to the court record, 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, MCSO Detectives located Rogers with the minor victim.  The investigation revealed that Rogers met the victim on-line and had the victim stay at his residence.  A forensic analysis of Roger’s cellular smart phone revealed he had recorded sexually explicit activity with the minor victim on numerous occasions.  Rogers distributed many of the captured images and videos to other individuals, via MMS text communications, a social media networking program, and in the personal section of a Treasure Coast website.  

Rogers and Lockley, together at Rogers’ residence, also produced videos depicting sexually explicit conduct and activity with the minor victim.  A forensic analysis of Lockley’s cellular smart phone revealed he had used it to record sexually explicit activity with the minor victim.

On January 17, 2018, Lockley pled to one count of production of visual depictions of sexual exploitation of minors, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2251(a) and (e). 

On March 22, 2018, Defendant Rogers pled guilty to two counts of production of visual depictions of sexual exploitation of minors and one count 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).  Rogers is scheduled to be sentenced on June 5, 2018 at 11 a.m., in Miami, by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Donald L. Graham.

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, SLCSO and the MCSO for their work on this case.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carmen Lineberger.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida atwww.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 20, 2018