LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) -- A Boyle County man receives life in prison after being convicted of federal child pornography and methamphetamine trafficking charges at U. S. District Court in Lexington.
In August, Richard Eugene Derringer ,47, of Junction City was found guilty of using a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, for the purpose of producing child pornography; conspiracy to use a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, for the purpose of producing child pornography; possession of child pornography; and distribution of methamphetamine. Derringer was acquitted of one count of attempted distribution of child pornography.
The U. S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Kentucky says according to evidence presented at trial, Jacquolyn Walls-Land, who previously pleaded guilty to one count of using a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography, took videos of the minor female victim while Derringer sexually abused her on March 11, 2018.
The evidence established that Derringer forced the victim to smoke methamphetamine with him, on multiple occasions, during an approximate 3-hour period while the sexual abuse occurred. Derringer even took hits of the methamphetamine himself and then exhaled into the minor victim’s mouth. The girl reported the sexual abuse and forced drug use to her mother about eight hours later and she was taken to a local hospital where she tested positive for methamphetamine.
U. S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr., says production of child pornography is one of the most despicable crimes they prosecute.
“The facts of this case are particularly egregious,” he stated, “and the defendant’s abuse of the victim certainly warrants the life sentence he received. It should present a clear message that we are committed to holding accountable those who commit acts of abuse and who manufacture child pornography. Because the victim showed remarkable bravery in reporting the crime, law enforcement was able to prevent the defendant from preying on others.”
Walls-Land, will be sentenced later this month for her role in the incident. She faces a mandatory minimum fifteen years in prison, and up to 30 years, and a maximum fine of $250,000. The sentence will be imposed after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statutes.