COLUMBIA, SC — A man has been sentenced to 10 years, a $17,500 fine, forefeiture of five computers and five years of supervised release, and a requirement to register as a sex offender for possession of child pornography.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Richard Rau was sentenced in federal court after evidence at a change of plea hearing showed Homeland Security Investigations found Rau was using an image hosting website to make suggestive comments concerning a minor female. Evidence also showed Rau was exchanging child pornography with others.
According to Nettles, a search warrant obtained of Rau’s email address showed multiple exchanges of child pornography. Police also found child pornography on Rau’s iPhone and computers.
The case against Rau was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.