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

<p><p>A Richland man who <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/sep/24/richland-man-who-was-extradited-from-kazakhstan-pl” target=”_blank”>was the first federal prisoner extradited to the United States from Kazakhstan</a> will spend 23 years in prison on a child pornography charge. </p></p><p><p>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.</p></p><p><p>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.</p></p><p><p>“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.”</p></p><p><p>Howard was listed in custody of the Benton County Jail as of Friday afternoon.</p></p>