PHILADELPHIA — Richard Blong, 28, of Horsham, has been charged with multiple counts of child exploitation offenses including enticing a minor to engage in illicit sexual conduct, manufacturing child pornography, and possession of child pornography, according to federal authorities.
The charges arise out of an investigation into the defendant’s alleged online conduct in 2018. Blong allegedly solicited three minors — all between the ages of 14 and 16 years old — to produce and send him sexually explicit photos of themselves. He also had an in-person meeting with one of the minor victims, according to authorities, during which he allegedly engaged in sexual contact with her and produced sexually explicit photos of her, authorities said.
"Child exploitation is a pervasive problem — made more so by the accessibility of the internet — that demands an aggressive response," said U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain. "We stand ready with our federal and local partners to identify and prosecute those who would prey upon minor children using online resources."
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment, which includes a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence, and up to a lifetime of supervised release.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office County Detective Bureau, and the Detective Bureau of the Union County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly Harrell.