Phoenix man faces federal child pornography charges

Richard Watkins

A Phoenix man has been arrested and charged with knowingly distributing, receiving, and possessing child pornography via the internet.

The complaint states that 48-year-old Richard J. Watkins made files that showed children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, which an undercover police officer was able to obtain from Watkinsâ?? computer.

The complaint also says that, following a search of his home in Phoenix, investigators seized hundreds of video files of child pornography.

Watkins was previously arrested for various charges related to child porn in October.

Watkins was arrested on federal child pornography charges on May 1, and was ordered to be detained pending a hearing on May 6.