Two local men face charges of possessing child pornography after a
targeted sweep by federal agents in Orange County last week,
Samuel Lane, 68, of Costa Mesa pleaded guilty to ordering
videotapes containing child pornography over the mail, Assistant U.S.
Atty. Richard Lee said.
An arrest warrant is also out for 56-year-old Richard Darrell
Lewis of Newport Beach, who "is believed to be hospitalized," Lee
said. He said FBI agents seized about 115 pornographic images of
children from Lewis' home computer that he allegedly downloaded from
Lane is scheduled to be arraigned July 7, and Lewis will likely be
arrested after he is released from the hospital, Lee said.
Arrest warrants are also out for Donald C. Armbruster, 51, of
Modjeska Canyon; Robert W. Kennedy, 70, of Anaheim; Robert Earl
Rountree, 23, of Orange; and Kevin Hunt, 31, of Stanton.
Four other men agreed to plead guilty to the charges. They were
Michael Honea, 52, of Huntington Beach; Bryce Daniel Klepinger, 27,
of Irvine; Johnny Hall, 52, of Mission Viejo; and Luke Thomas, 22, of
Possession of child pornography carries a maximum jail sentence of
five years in federal prison.
Lee said the "sweep" was a "creative initiative" that involved
several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the U.S.
attorney's office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Bureau of
Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the California Department of
Justice's Bureau of Investigation.
"We put several of these cases together and made it a sweep to
emphasize our commitment to investigate and prosecute these cases,"
Possession and distribution of child pornography is a federal
Lee said "technology and the Internet have made it easier to
access and distribute child pornography." But all the same, law
enforcement agents are also well equipped with the tools to fight
these crimes, he said.
"A sweep does not mean this is the end," Lee said. "We'll continue
our commitment to investigating and prosecuting such crimes."