Registered sex offender convicted of 2 felonies

Esperance man uploaded child porn to Dropbox
Mar 23, 2018
Richard David Blick

A registered sex offender with a prior conviction for raping a 12-year-old girl he met over the internet was convicted in U.S. District Court in Seattle of two federal felonies involving his receipt and possession of images of child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes announced the convictions on March 14.

Richard David Blick, formerly of Esperance, was indicted in September 2017 following an investigation by the King County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigation. The jury deliberated for about three hours following a two-day trial.

In July 2017, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office sent out a sex-offender notice that Blick was living in the 22100 block of 90th Place West in unincorporated Esperance, which has an Edmonds mailing address.

U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour scheduled sentencing for June 12, 2018.

According to records in the case and testimony at trial, the electronic service provider Dropbox made a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an account later linked to Blick was uploading pictures of child pornography.

An investigation revealed Blick owned the Dropbox account and that he was a Level 3 registered sex offender with a 2001 conviction for raping a 12-year-old California girl. In August 2017, law enforcement served search warrants on Blick’s residence, an RV in Esperance.

On Blick’s various electronic devices were thousands of images of child pornography, as well as chats and videos with a 14-year-old California child whom Blick convinced to send him sexually explicit images.

Blick, who also has a history of public lewdness spreading over three decades, has been in federal custody since his arrest in August 2017.

Blick faces a mandatory minimum 15 years in prison and up to 40 years in prison for receipt of child pornography. Possession of child pornography is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of 20 years.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Led by the United States Attorney Office and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

 

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