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Former East Hampton Middle School Teacher Facing Sentencing on Child Porn Charges

Richard Hendricks has been in jail since June of 2011 after pleading guilty.

 

will be sentenced Monday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m. by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven.

a former teacher at the middle school, was accused of purchasing Internet live sex shows involving minors from approximately October 2009 to April 2010.  The shows originated in the Philippines, federal authorities said.
           
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office, along with ICE HSI and our other investigative partners, are committed to protecting children, the most vulnerable segment of our population, from harm,” Connecticut U.S. Attorney David B. Fein said today. “A teacher should share this same commitment. The type of illegal activity this defendant engaged in represents an extreme violation of trust and a heinous crime that merits the serious attention of our office.”          
    
On June 6, 2011, ICE HSI agents seized two laptop computers, one desktop computer and two external hard drives from Hendricks’ residence. A forensic evaluation revealed that Hendricks used his computer to receive more than 600 images and 50 movie files of child pornography, including images of children under the age of 12, and images portraying sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence.
           
Investigators also discovered numerous images and videos of Hendricks' middle school students. While many of the pictures were related to Hendricks' duties as yearbook advisor, investigators discovered that Hendricks secretly took voyeuristic photos and videos of female students in his classroom.  He also manipulated some of these images to enhance their visibility, and used a software program to attempt to visualize the private areas of clothed girls.
           
During the course of the investigation, parental notification was made when investigators identified children who Hendricks secretly photographed or video recorded. With parental consent, agents conducted dozens of forensic interviews of the children.
           
Judge Burns has scheduled sentencing for May 8, 2012, at which time Hendricks faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
           
Hendricks has been in jail since his arrest on June 9, 2011.

His prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative and the District of Connecticut’s “Operation Constant Vigilance,” which are aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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