Phenix City man convicted of spreading child pornography
PHENIX CITY – A Phenix City man has been convicted of distributing child pornography, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office in Montgomery. The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Richard Ryan Jazek, 37, sentencing him to 151 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.
Court records indicate that the FBI was made aware in the fall of 2020 of a user of the messaging app Kik sharing images and videos of alleged child pornography, subsequently linking the account and IP address of the user in Jazek.
“Further investigation revealed that Jazek’s Kik account actually uploaded several images and videos containing child pornography,” said Doug Howard, law enforcement coordinator and information officer for the United States Attorney’s Office in Montgomery. “In his plea agreement, Jazek admitted to having specifically shared a video on September 22, 2020, then shared an image on October 4, 2020.”
Howard said court records showed Jazek responded to other users of the Kik app after the two posts. and “made disturbing comments” in the chat section of the videos and pictures he distributed. Howard said Jazek was ordered to pay $ 27,000 in restitution, or $ 3,000 to the nine victims identified in content that Jazek shared through the app.