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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Registered Sex Offender Convicted of Receipt and Possession of Images of Child Rape

Defendant Preyed on Young California Teen, Inducing her to send Images over Internet

          A registered sex offender with prior convictions for raping a 12-year-old girl he met via the internet, was convicted today in U.S. District Court in Seattle of two federal felonies involving his receipt and possession of images of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. RICHARD DAVID BLICK, 65, formerly of Edmonds, Washington was indicted in September 2017, following an investigation by the King County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigation (HSI).  The jury deliberated for about three hours following a two-day trial.  U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour scheduled sentencing for June 12, 2018.

            According to records in the case and testimony at trial, the electronic service provider Dropbox made a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that an account later linked to BLICK was uploading pictures of child pornography.  The subsequent law enforcement investigation revealed BLICK owned the Dropbox account and that he was a Level 3 registered sex offender with a 2001 conviction for raping a 12-year-old girl.  In August 2017, law enforcement served search warrants on BLICK’s residence, an RV in Edmonds.  On BLICK’s various electronic devices were thousands of images of child pornography as well as chats and videos with a 14-year-old California child whom BLICK convinced to send him sexually explicit images.  BLICK has been in federal custody since his arrest in August 2017.

            In closing arguments prosecutors noted that possession and receipt of child pornography is not a victimless crime, “Children are injured each and every time an adult trades in their misery… Child pornography keeps alive in the dark recesses of the internet the suffering that they have endured,” prosecutors told the jury.

            BLICK faces a mandatory minimum 15 years in prison and up to 40 years in prison for receipt of child pornography.  Possession of child pornography is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of 20 years.

          This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys= Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc

            The case was investigated by the King County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

            The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Hampton and Special Assistant United States Attorney Cecilia Gregson.  Ms. Gregson is a Senior King County Deputy Prosecutor specially designated to prosecute child exploitation cases in federal court.

 

Topic(s): 
Cyber Crime
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.
Updated March 14, 2018