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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

KC Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Porn

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet.

 

Richard A. Villanueva, 37, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to the charge contained in a March 26, 2015, federal indictment.

 

According to today’s plea agreement, an FBI task force officer identified Villanueva’s computer as sharing images of child pornography over the Internet through a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. On Oct. 1, 2013, the officer downloaded 10 video files that contained child pornography from Villanueva’s computer. Among the downloaded files was a video of a 3-to-4-year-old victim being repeatedly raped by an adult male.

 

Villanueva must pay $5,000 in restitution to each of four victims who are depicted in the images of child pornography, or $3,000 to each victim if he pays the restitution within 30 days of his sentencing date. Villanueva must forfeit to the government a laptop computer and three hard drives that were used to commit the offense.

 

Under federal statutes, Villanueva is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentenced of 20 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

 

Project Safe Childhood

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 the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 12, 2016