Jamestown Man Indicted On Multiple Child Porn Charges

JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown man was indicted Wednesday on multiple federal charges related to child pornography. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that Richard Lafrance, 34, is charged with enticement, production of child pornography, and committing certain crimes while required to register as a sex offender. The charges carry a minimum sentence of 45 years in prison, and a maximum penalty of life.











Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas A. C. Penrose, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, in April 2019, Lafrance met and began communicating via email and text message with a 14-year-old Minor Victim (MV1).

The communications between Lafrance and MV1 are alleged to be sexually explicit and included Lafrance requesting that MV1 send him naked pictures. In addition, Lafrance met up with MV1 on at least two occasions to engage in sexual intercourse.







In 2006, Lafrance was convicted in Oregon of two counts of second-degree rape and one count of second-degree sexual abuse, and as a result, he is a registered Level III sex offender.

Lafrance was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and was detained.





















The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia, and the Chautauqua County Sherriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff James B. Quattrone.

 

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