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Moncks Corner Man Sentenced to 210 months for Possession of Child Pornography

PICTURED: Kenneth Richardson

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Kenneth Wayne Richardson, 36, of Moncks Corner was sentenced in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, for Possession of Child Pornography involving Prepubescent Minors, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B).

United States District Judge David C. Norton, of Charleston, sentenced Richardson to 210 months (17.5 years), $8,500 restitution, and supervised release for life.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on two different occasions Richardson posted web-links containing child pornography videos to internet chat rooms. Law enforcement agents traced the postings to internet protocol (IP) addresses associated with Richardson.

Agents executed a search warrant at Richardson’s residence and seized a computer tablet belonging to Richardson that contained multiple images of child pornography. Richardson admitted that he possessed child pornography, including on his internet “cloud” account. He also admitted to posting web-links to chat rooms. Agents also executed a search warrant on Richardson’s internet “cloud” account and discovered over 4,000 images and 3,000 videos containing child pornography. These images and videos included adults engaged in sexual acts with prepubescent minors as well as sadistic and masochistic conduct.

The case was investigated by agents of ICE-Homeland Security Investigations. The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the execution of the residential search warrant. Assistant United States Attorney Dean H. Secor of the Charleston office prosecuted the case.

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.”