PHILADELPHIA – On Tuesday, May 28, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, announced the unsealing of an indictment charging, a Horsham, Pennsylvania man with multiple counts of child exploitation offenses including enticing a minor to engage in illicit sexual conduct, manufacturing child pornography, and possession of child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Philadelphia, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office County Detective Bureau, and the Detective Bureau of the Union County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office.
Richard Blong, 28, was charged after an investigation into his online solicitation of three minor victims (all between the ages of 14 and 16 years old) to produce and send him sexually explicit photos of themselves, and his in-person meeting with one of the minor victims, during which he engaged in sexual contact with her and produced sexually explicit photos of her. These offenses occurred throughout 2018.
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment, which includes a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence, and up to a lifetime of supervised release.
“Child exploitation is a pervasive problem – made more so by the accessibility of the internet – that demands an aggressive response,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “We stand ready with our federal and local partners to identify and prosecute those who would prey upon minor children using online resources.”
Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
Assistant United States Attorney Kelly Harrell is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.