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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Roanoke Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges

Roanoke, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced today the sentencing of a Roanoke man who downloaded photographs and images of child pornography.

Richard B. Morgan, 68, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Roanoke to 72 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release. In addition, the defendant was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. Morgan previously pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography.

According to evidence presented at previous hearings, an investigator with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force successfully downloaded images of child pornography from the defendant via peer-to-peer, file-sharing software often used by those who trade in child pornography.  During the execution of a search warrant at Morgan’s apartment, he admitted that he downloaded child pornography. Law enforcement found 1,849 images and 4,406 videos containing child pornography during a forensic examination of Morgan’s computer and an external hard drive.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security. Assistant United States Attorney Charlene R. Day is prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated February 21, 2018