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Local Child Pornographer Gets 30 Years

November 30th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles sentenced Richard Alan Blank, Jr., age 44, of LaVale, Maryland, Monday to 30 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for two counts of sexually abusing a minor to produce child pornography, and for possession of child pornography. A federal jury convicted Blank on July 2, 2015.

According to evidence presented at Blank’s four-day trial, on May 30, 2014, Blank used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to produce images documenting the sexual abuse of the minor.  A search conducted by law enforcement on June 2, 2014 revealed that Blank possessed images documenting the sexual abuse of the minor female on his cellular phone.

As a result of his conviction, Blank will be required to register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

Blank has been detained since his arrest.


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