Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 26° Partly Cloudy
News >  Crime/Public Safety

Richland man receives 21-year sentence on federal child pornography charge

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 23, 2020

A 30-year-old Richland man who investigators say participated in a scheme to drug teenage boys and film sex acts with them will spend 21 years in federal prison, a judge ruled Thursday.

Beau Thomas Upton pleaded guilty to production of child pornography in July. He was one of several defendants arrested following a joint investigation by local and federal law enforcement in the Tri-Cities that led to the discovery of a 14-year-old victim, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Eastern Washington. Investigators also discovered what was described as a makeshift studio, where the men filmed the sexual acts with a MacBook propped up on a wooden box.

“Today’s sentencing hearing brings to a close the investigations into three individuals who engaged in truly heinous sexual abuse of minors,” William Hyslop, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said in a statement.

Zayne Barbre, 28, was previously sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in the scheme. Ryan Alexander, 25, received a 25-year sentence.

U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza ordered Upton to serve a 40-year period of supervision following his release. Upton will be required to register as a sex offender.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.


Annual health and dental insurance enrollment period open now

 (Courtesy Washington Healthplanfinder)
Sponsored

2020 has been a stressful year for myriad reasons.