Florentine man sentenced to 15 years for producing child pornography

Authorities said a Florentine man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for taking three photos of the sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 5.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, 23-year-old Joseph Leslie Reichard was convicted of sexual exploitation of a child and production of child pornography. On Friday, he was sentenced, the report said.

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

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According to the criminal case, the sexually explicit photographs that investigators found on Reichard’s mobile phone consisted of three images of a girl between the ages of 1 and 3, including a photograph in which she was still in diapers. Reichard took the photos and sent them to another person in Pennsylvania, the complaint says.

Authorities said Joseph Reichard of Florence was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for producing and sending images of child pornography.

Authorities launched an investigation into Reichard after another person told them in October 2021 that he had received child pornography images from a user later identified as Reichard via an internet chat, the complaint said.

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It said that the chat was available through an instant messaging app known as Kik Messenger. Kik Messenger allows users to sign up without a phone number “and generally prevents users from being discovered by any information other than their chosen name,” the complaint says.

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