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Man Pleads Guilty Federal To Child Porn Charges, Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison

A sex offender from Anderson who has been caught with child pornography multiple times has pleaded guilty in federal court. 38-year-old William Richter was sentenced in 2013 to 51 months in prison for child porn possession. He was released in July of 2016 and then in February of 2017 Anderson Police found him in the middle of the night sitting in his car on East Center Street partially undressed viewing child porn on his cell phone. Officers found multiple pornographic images of children on the phone and a search of his home turned up ammunition and a pair of children’s underwear. In July of 2020 an officer pulled Richter over and found a smart phone hidden in his driver’s seat cover. The conditions of his release forbid him from using the Internet or possessing a smart phone, so the phone was seized and found to contain at least 51 explicit photos of young children, including one showing an infant being sexually abused. The phone also had many programs installed to view such materials online. Following his guilty plea Tuesday, Richter will be sentenced in July. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum of 20 years.