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Cape Cod Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

A West Harwich man faces nearly 4 year in prison after he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography Thursday.

 

Thomas J. Richardson, 67 of West Harwich, pleaded guilty Thursday to child pornography charges that stemmed from an undercover investigation launched by the FBI in July 2008, according to a Department of Justice press release.

During the investigation agents befriended Richardson in a peer-to-peer file sharing software program and located a pornagraphic video and image involving a toddler boy and minor boy.

In September of 2008 the West Midlands Police in Birmingham, England reached out to the FBI in Boston to report that Richardson was trading pornography through the Google Hello program on computers in his homes in West Harwich and Charlestown, as well as on a computer from his then-employer.

The FBI executed a search warrant of both Richardson’s homes in November, 2008 and seized six computers.

The FBI found evidence of significant child pornography activity on the computers, including images depicting the sadomasochistic sexual abuse of children.

The case is part of Project Safe Child, created in 2006 to protect children from abuse and exploitation.

Richardson will be sentenced April 17, 2013. As part of his plea agreement Richardson will be sentenced between 24 and 46 months in prison, followed by five years supervised release, restitution and forfeiture.

peanut7 February 15, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Not long enough..throw away the key...disgusting.
Marcea Grace February 15, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Vile, repulsive degenerate! Probably in church every Sunday morning, first pew...I'm nauseous.
Alisha February 15, 2013 at 03:09 PM
What? 24 months!? This judicial system is horrendous. If that were your children, what would you want to see him serve!? Disgusting!!!
Bill Black February 15, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Richardson will be sentenced April 17, 2013. As part of his plea agreement Richardson will be sentenced between 24 and 46 months in prison, followed by five years supervised release, restitution and forfeiture. Let's figure out how much all of this easy handling will cost the taxpayers. Of course at the end you still have a dirty old man in your community, but at least the liberals feel better about having him there. What a joke (unfortunately it's on us and on our kids and grandkids). First offense penalty should be mandatory 10 years, no "judicial discretion", no parole, no coddling, no "privileges" (but of course this is Mass. and none of that will happen).
Robert Bastille February 15, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Well written story! I just added a link to it on HyannisNews.com to drive more traffic to this important headline.
Mary Volpe February 15, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I think the judges r not giving a stronger enough sentence it has been on the News several times how much time people are getting for crimes like that when you hurt a child you should get twice the amount of time someone gets for dealing drugs and they get 5-10 a hope he meets Big Bubba what is going to happen when he gets out not enough time it is so sad
Bill Black February 15, 2013 at 07:49 PM
How about publicizing the names of the judges (and prosecutors if a plea bargain is involved) in child porn cases? We pay their salaries and should be entitled to question their decisions in cases like this instead of allowing them to their dirty little deals in private. (And it shouldn't be the taxpayers who have to apologize to anyone for the "chilling effect" such a policy will have on the administration of so-called justice.)

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