Appling man indicted for possession of child pornography
Federal charges bring possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison
AUGUSTA, GA: An Appling man has been indicted on federal charges of possession of child pornography.
Ricardo Dale Alva, 64, was indicted on one count of Possession of Child Pornography by a federal grand jury, said Bobby L. Christine, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.
Possession of Child Pornography is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, followed by no less than five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
Alva was arrested March 7 after Richmond County Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted by an online tip that led to a search of Alva’s Appling home by the FBI. The search discovered images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
“It’s purely a coincidence that this indictment comes during Child Abuse Awareness Month,” said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. “But this month, and every month, our prosecutors will work with law enforcement agencies to track down the sources and purveyors of material that exploits the most vulnerable members of our society.”
“Individuals who possess pornographic images of children for their own self-gratification support the exploitation of the most innocent victims,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “We work every day to protect our children and will continue to use every law enforcement resource available to identify individuals who exploit them in such a manner.”
An indictment contains only charges. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tara Lyons.