Central Texas man sentenced to 15 years for producing and distributing child pornography

Austin, TX (KWTX) — A Florence man was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison, followed by a 15-year supervised release for child sexual exploitation and child pornography.

According to court documents, Joseph Leslie Reichard, 23, used his mobile phone to create three images of child sexual abuse material depicting a minor between the ages of one and three.

Reichard sent the images via a messaging app to a man in Pennsylvania.

He pleaded guilty in October 2022 and has remained in federal custody since his arrest in March 2022.

“This defendant used his mobile phone to photograph and share heinous acts of sexual abuse against defenseless children,” US Attorney Jaime Esparza of the Western District of Texas said. “Limiting the possibility of child sexual abuse begins by taking tough action directly against offenders like Reichard, who can expect the most severe punishment under federal law.”

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