A 72-year-old man in Westchester County, New York, was charged with possessing and receiving child pornography. Authorities found almost a dozen images and videos containing child pornography on his home computer.
Richard Leaf was charged with one count each of possessing child pornography and receiving child pornography in White Plains federal court. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison if convicted.
Leaf, a Westchester Sports Hall of Fame inductee, was accused of engaging in “deeply disturbing sexual communications with minors.” He allegedly used fake accounts to contact minors on Skype and Chat Avenue, an online chatroom.
Leaf pretended to be a teenager on Skype to chat with a minor from March 2019 to April 2020. Authorities said he thought the minor was 15 years old. The minor sent Leaf a nude image of himself in the bedroom and a video of himself masturbating in the shower.
Possessing child pornography and receiving child pornography are two different crimes in New York. If you have been caught receiving any physical or electronic materials that involve minors in sexually explicit acts, law enforcement will charge you with receiving child pornography.
Being accused of receiving child pornography can have life-altering consequences. Not only are you likely to face harsh penalties, including years in federal prison and mandatory sex offender registration, but your reputation will also suffer.
When the stakes are so high, only the best legal team will do. Brill Legal Group has experience fighting even the most serious child pornography charges in New York. If you are suspected of receiving child pornography or have already been charged, contact us right away. Our team of aggressive criminal defense attorneys will defend you against the accusations.