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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Oklahoma City Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography

OKLAHOMA CITY RICHARD SPILLANE, 30, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty today to producing child pornography, announced Robert J. Troester of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to a complaint filed on July 16, 2018, law enforcement officers determined that an internet user with an email address linked to Mr. Spillane was engaging in conversations and sharing photographs depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct on a network often used to receive and distribute child pornography.  Mr. Spillane was arrested on July 17, 2018, and has remained in federal custody since his arrest.

On August 7, 2018, a federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Mr. Spillane with two counts of producing child pornography and four counts of knowingly receiving child pornography.  According to the indictment, between approximately October 15, 2017, and July 17, 2018, Mr. Spillane used two minors, "John Doe #1" and "John Doe #2," to produce photographs of the children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  It is also alleged that he received images via the internet on four specific days in June and July of this year of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

At his guilty plea hearing this morning, Mr. Spillane admitted to producing photographs of "John Doe #1" engaging in sexually explicit conduct and distributing them via the internet.  At a sentencing hearing set for January 29, 2019, he faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, as well as a maximum $250,000 fine, along with a term of supervised release of at least five years and up to life.  He also must pay restitution to the victims of his conduct in an amount to be determined by the court at sentencing.

This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia E. Barry.

Reference is made to court records for further information.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 31, 2018