Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Stockton Man Charged with Sex Trafficking a Minor
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ricky Lee Richardson Jr., 39, of Stockton, was arrested on Monday, April 4, 2016, charged with sex trafficking of a minor and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
A two-count indictment, unsealed after his arrest, was returned by a federal grand jury in Sacramento on March 31, 2016. According to court documents, between November 2011 and March 2012, Richardson transported, harbored, and maintained a minor victim, knowing that the minor would be caused to engage in prostitution. Richardson also possessed images of child pornography.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Stockton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Brian A. Fogerty is prosecuting the case.
Richardson is scheduled to be arraigned today before United States Magistrate Judge Carolyn Delaney.
If convicted of sex trafficking of a minor, Richardson faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison. The possession of child pornography charge carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison. Both charges carry a maximum fine of $250,000. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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 those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.