A former Chatham County Deputy Sheriff (CCDS) was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to more than 17 years in a federal prison due to his conviction for Production of Child Pornography.
During the guilty plea and sentencing hearing, evidence presented showed that Richard Adam Hall, 53, was under investigation by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office for child molestation. A search of Hall’s residence revealed numerous sexually explicit photographs of a juvenile male.
Upon further investigation, it showed that the minor in the pictures found traveled with Hall to Tennessee and Florida where he was molested several times by Hall.
The sexually explicit photographs were taken by Hall when the victim was approximately 12-years-old. Hall’s criminal conduct occurred when he served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.
A Chatham County grand jury indicted Hall on 25 counts of child molestation and related offenses last year. The State charges against Hall are still pending.
This defendant was supposed to protect the innocent; instead, he preyed on children. He now rightfully faces hundreds of months in a federal prison cell. When he’s released, he’ll then be under the watchful eye of federal probation officers for the rest of his life. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will work hard with our state and federal law enforcement partners to make sure that sex offenders who prey on the innocent will end up where they belong, in prison.” stated United States Attorney Edward Tarver
To see an individual who takes an oath to uphold the law turn and exploit that position of trust is heinous and truly heartbreaking,” said Special Agent in Charge Nick S. Annan, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Atlanta. “Law enforcement officers at all levels of government, including our partners at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office in this investigation, are engaged in a desperate battle to stop child predators from victimizing and abusing the most innocent members of society. This defendant betrayed everyone in his community and everything he pretended to stand for in his pursuit of perversion. His extensive incarceration is well deserved punishment.”
“The Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department will continue to assist and support State of Georgia and federal agencies to investigate and bring to justice those that violate our children. Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department personnel assigned to federal task forces are performing admirably in those roles,” said Chief Joseph Lumpkin.
Chatham County Sheriff Al St. Lawrence said, “The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is entrusted with the safety of the public. Unfortunately, we had among our ranks one that violated that principle. After receiving information about these crimes, the CCSO conducted an investigation resulting in the arrest of former Lt. Richard A. Hall for multiple egregious against children offenses that occurred a lengthy time period. We appreciate the job our investigators did in conducting this investigation, and the assistance of other agencies, especially Armstrong State University Police Department’s Forensic Investigation Unit. We also appreciate HSI for their fantastic assistance in concluding this investigation, and partnering with the US Attorney’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office to ensure that justice prevailed.”
Judge Wood also sentenced Hall to a lifetime of supervised release.