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Liberty man pleads guilty to child porn charges

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A Liberty Township man has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of production of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Brian Reider, 51, with a listed address on 76 U.S. Highway 6, pleaded guilty last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Under the plea agreement, Reider is facing a minimum term of 20 years and a maximum term of 50 years, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office will recommend a sentence in the lower range in recognition of Reider’s “acceptance of responsibility.”

The agreement also recommends a 20-year term of supervised release after Reider has completed his prison sentence; sex-offender evaluation and treatment; and as a mandatory term of his supervised released, sex-offender registration.

In exchange for his plea, a third count, possession of child pornography, would be dismissed, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office has agreed to file no additional charges against Reider related to the criminal investigation of this case.

The judge is under no obligation to follow the agreement’s recommendations.

According to the indictment, Reider knowingly employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, or coerced a 12-year-old boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct so that he could produce visual depictions of that conduct.

The investigation began in September 2010 and following the execution of a federal search warrant at Reider’s residence hundreds of videos and images depicting children in sexual explicit conduct were recovered, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The investigation was conducted by the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the FBI, the Kokomo Police Department, and the Highland Police Department.

 

 Posted 4/30/2012