Former Bay Area Tax Attorney Found With Huge Child Pornography Collection Gets 20 Months
SAN MATEO – A former Bay Area tax attorney was sentenced last week to 20 months in prison for possession of thousands of images and videos of child pornography, some of which are believed to have represented child rape and abuse physical, according to court records.
Richard Hartman, 47, was sentenced on May 18 by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria. After his conviction, he will be placed on probation for 10 years. He also agreed to pay $ 21,000 in compensation to the people represented in the cases, according to court records.
Prosecutors wrote that Hartman was in possession of 759 videos and more than 8,000 images of child pornography. These included “images and videos including visual depictions of infants subjected to sexually explicit behavior, children subjected to sexually explicit behavior with animals, groups of toddlers sexually assaulted by multiple adults, and children”. children tied up and subjected to physical and sexual violence. abuse, âUS Deputy Prosecutor Ankur Shingal wrote in court records.
Shingal pleaded for a sentence of more than eight years, writing that Hartman had “played a significant role in creating and sustaining” the demand for child pornography.
Hartman was arrested by police in San Mateo in 2019. He spent seven months in jail before federal prosecutors took over the case in February 2020. He was released the following month and has been out of jail since then. He is due to report to the Prisons Office to begin serving his sentence in July.
Hartman’s attorney wrote in court records that Hartman suffered from extreme depression after quitting his job as a tax attorney for Oracle in 2018, and that it seemed to family members that he was trying to get away with it. destroy; his house was in a mess and he had recently ended a relationship. His lawyer also cited a doctor’s opinion that Hartman’s testosterone therapy led to “hypersexuality” and a “cycle” of porn use.
Hartman submitted a lengthy letter of apology, citing the change in his life over the past year, which he said he spent in therapy and other self-help programs. He said his seven months in San Mateo Prison had been spent “with little to do but intensely examining my accusations, myself, my life and what brought me to a successful career and thriving to be locked in a cell with a convicted serial rapist, wearing underwear that was not mine and not being able to enjoy even an hour under any light other than the artificial light of the prison.
âIt is wrong to say that being arrested for the charges for which I was arrested is a good thing. It is fair to say, however, that this arrest was an appropriate company response to my actions, âHartman added. âIt’s also fair to say that I wouldn’t have found this help, wouldn’t have found some of the inner freedom I find now, without this arrest. While it may sound trite – I always thought it was, when I first heard inmates say similar things – I can honestly say that having found these things I am in. grateful fact.