Colorado Springs man sentenced for producing child porn with infant victim

Richard Hennis / Colorado Springs Police Department
Richard Hennis / Colorado Springs Police Department

DENVER — A Colorado Springs man has been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to producing and transporting child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver.

Richard Hennis, 41, was sentenced Wednesday to 27 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.

Hennis and a co-defendant, Brandi Leonard, were first charged in March 2016. Prosecutors said the two chatted online, and Leonard told Hennis she had sexually abused an infant. Hennis encouraged Leonard to sexually abuse the infant again, to take pictures or video of the abuse, and to send them to him, according to prosecutors. Leonard did when Hennis asked. Hennis then sent the pictures to another person he was talking to online, according to prosecutors.

During their chats, Lenoard and Hennis also discussed kidnapping, raping, killing, and dismembering a child between 4 and 8 years old, according to prosecutors. Leonard said twice during the chat that she didn’t intend to go through with it, according to prosecutors.

Leonard pled guilty to one count of production of child pornography on April 13. She will be sentenced on July 21.

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