Retired Border Patrol supervisor Lawson Hardrick Jr. gets 10 years prison for downloading child porn

Lawson Hardrick Jr., 64, is a retired supervisory special agent and assistant director for the Calexico port of entry at Calexico, California.

The media seems to have paid zero attention to this case.  The only real sources of information are two press releases from the U.S. Attorney’s Office that media outlets relied upon.  I haven’t been able to find any photos or videos or what would pass for original reporting.

Hat tip to Courthouse New Service:  Retired Border Patrol Boss Gets 10 Years

(Untitled news release regarding conviction)

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY –January 24, 2013

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that Lawson Hardrick, a retired United States  Customs and Border Protection Officer was found guilty by a federal jury earlier today in San Diego of two counts of receipt of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, each a felony. The verdicts follow a one-day trial before United States District Judge Marilyn L. Huff.

According to the evidence presented at trial, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted an investigation of persons using peer to peer file-sharing programs to make child pornography available to others. According to the forensic evidence introduced at trial, the defendant received videos of children as young as four and nine years old through a file-sharing program in 2008 through 2010. The indictment was handed up by a federal grand jury sitting in San Diego in July 2012.

The defendant is next scheduled to be in court on April 29, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., before Judge Huff for a sentencing hearing.

DEFENDANT Case Number: 12cr3061-H
Lawson Hardrick

SUMMARY OF CHARGES
Counts: 2
Receipt of Images of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct- Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a) (2)
Maximum Penalties: 20 years’ incarceration with a five year mandatory minimum sentence, $250,000 fine, a minimum of 5 years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and registration as a sex offender.

INVESTIGATING AGENCY
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations

 

Retired Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Sentenced to 10 Years in Child Pornography Case

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY –April 29, 2013

A retired United States Customs and Border Protection supervisor was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Marilyn L. Huff to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for downloading child pornography.

Former Supervisory Special Agent Lawson Hardrick, Jr., who was the assistant director for the Calexico ports of entry, was found guilty by a federal jury in January of two counts of receipt of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, each a felony. The verdicts followed a two-day trial before Judge Huff.

According to the evidence presented at trial, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted an investigation of persons using peer to peer file-sharing programs to make child pornography available to others. According to the forensic evidence introduced at trial, the defendant received videos of children as young as four and nine years old through a file-sharing program in 2008 through 2010. The indictment was handed up by a federal grand jury sitting in San Diego in July 2012.

Upon release, Hardrick will be required to register as a sex offender.

DEFENDANT Case Number: 12cr3061-H
Lawson Hardrick

SUMMARY OF CHARGES
Counts: 2
Receipt of Images of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct- Title 18, United States Code, 2252(a) (2) Maximum Penalties: 20 years incarceration with a five year mandatory minimum sentence, $250,000 fine, a minimum of 5 years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and registration as a sex offender.

INVESTIGATING AGENCY
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations

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