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Nevada Man Convicted of Producing Child Pornography in Kalamazoo

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan

 GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Riley Patrick Lively, 27, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was convicted Wednesday afternoon of child sexual exploitation after a two-day jury trial in federal court in Grand Rapids. The crime took place in Kalamazoo in 2009. Lively faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison.

In April 2009, while visiting Robert Norwood-Charlier, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Lively sexually assaulted a nine-year-old boy. Norwood-Charlier openly took pictures of the assault. The FBI discovered the evidence of Riley’s sexual assault in the course of investigating Norwood-Charlier for his own sexual exploitation of children. Norwood-Charlier is currently serving a 300-month federal sentence for producing and distributing child pornography. Lively was arrested in Las Vegas in February 2014 and has been held in custody since his arrest. Despite claims that he was the victim of “mind control” and that the pictures were fakes, the jury found Lively guilty after less than an hour of deliberations.

Lively’s sentencing will be before U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker on a date to be scheduled.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tessa K. Hessmiller and Jeanne F. Long prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. The U.S. Attorney’s Office; county prosecutor’s offices; and federal, state, and local law enforcement are working closely together to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children. Individuals with information or concerns about possible child exploitation should contact local law enforcement. For more information about Project Safe Childhood in West Michigan, including resources for children and parents, visit:

Updated February 11, 2015