Richard L. Moore, 67, who once lived outside of Wallace, will spend the rest of his life in prison following his sentence handed down Thursday in U.S. District Court in Omaha.

Moore, convicted of producing child pornography, had an extensive collection of images and videos, according to evidence presented in court.

Moore will spend 30 years in prison and the remainder of his life under supervision, U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard ruled.

There is no parole in the federal system. 

Also, Moore was ordered to pay more than $100,000 in restitution. 

The federal sentence was ordered to run at the same time as a 25-35 year sentence issued in April in Lincoln County District Court. Moore would have been eligible for parole in 2033, at age 79, before the federal sentence was handed down, according to prison records.

The case began in October 2019, when the Lincoln County sheriff’s office received a report that Moore had engaged in and produced images of sexually explicit conduct involving two minor children during the summer. Officials said the children reported the abuse to their parents. 

Subsequent interviews with the children confirmed that sexual conduct occurred and Moore was identified as the perpetrator.

A former Wallace resident who asked to remain anonymous told the Bulletin that Moore videotaped ball games at the Wallace school and other area schools for more than 30 years.

On Oct. 18, 2019, the Perkins County sheriff and Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at Moore’s home, which is across the county line in Perkins County.

They found multiple devices used to reproduce both video and digital images; five monitors connected to a single system; at least five external hard drives with a total capacity of 36 terabytes; and a substantial collection of VHS and digitally stored pornography, U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp said.

Sharp said a forensic examination determined there were at least 48,000 images and 84 videos of child pornography on the computers and storage media at Moore’s home. She said the sheer volume of the data at Moore’s rendered a more accurate count virtually impossible. 

The Lincoln County sheriff’s office, Perkins County sheriff’s office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.

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 U.S. attorneys’ offices and CEOS, 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, Sharp said.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.justice.gov/psc

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