Prosecutor Wants to Use Child Porn Case against Accused Kidnapper
By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief - bio | email
Federal agents connect accused child rapist Abraham Richardson to a disturbing world of child pornography. Now a judge must decide if that evidence can be heard at his trial next month.
Richardson is accused of kidnapping a four-year-old girl from her Grand Island apartment in October 2011 and sexually assaulting her.
He was in Hall County District Court on Thursday in preparation for his trial next month.
He wore an orange jumpsuit that read "Adams County Jail" on the back, as he sat with his defense attorneys from the public defender's office.
A federal Homeland Security agent detailed Richardson's separate conviction for child pornography.
He was sentenced on August 9 in Lincoln, to 20 years in prison by Senior United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf for receiving and sharing child porn.
An FBI agent in Rochester, New York found images of young children were being exchanged on a photo-sharing site.
FBI agents determined the internet address the photos came from. They traced it to a Blackberry phone connected to a computer in Grand Island. The phone number matched a number Richardson had given parole and probation officials.
A Homeland Security agent testified that they found chat logs on his computer where Richardson apparently admitted to abusing kids in the past.
Prosecutors want to use that evidence against Richardson in his upcoming trial in Hall County District Court.
However, there are strict legal rules and Judge James Livingston must decide if that's allowable.
He gave the Hall County Attorney and Public Defender time to file written arguments, before making a decision.