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Richland man extradited from Kazakhstan on child pornography charges sentenced to 23 years in prison

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 7, 2022

A Richland man who was the first federal prisoner extradited to the United States from Kazakhstan will spend 23 years in prison on a child pornography charge.

Trent Drexel Howard, 50, pleaded guilty in September to a single charge of attempted production of child pornography following an FBI investigation that discovered footage of more than a dozen minor victims at his home in West Richland, according to court records.

Howard was arrested while working in Kazakhstan in September 2019. He will be required to report as a sex offender upon his release, and serve an additional 20 years of federal supervision, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Eastern Washington.

“Mr. Howard earned every day of his multi-decade sentence,” said U.S. Attorney Vanessa Waldref in a statement announcing the sentence. “This case makes it clear that those who exploit children in our community will be held accountable, even if they try to hide in a foreign country or avoid extradition to the United States.”

Howard was listed in custody of the Benton County Jail as of Friday afternoon.

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