Spokane Valley volleyball coach sentenced to 60 months in prison for downloading child pornography

SPOKANE, Wash.— A U.S. District Judge sentenced 50-year-old Richard Dale Wright of Spokane to 60 months in prison for downloading child pornography. 

U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice ordered that Wright will be under federal supervision for life after his sentence.

A number of images were downloaded from Wright’s computer, where a search warrant was obtained to search his home in Spokane Valley, where other devices were seized that had downloaded images of pornography on it.

Wright was a volleyball coach in Spokane and Spokane Valley, including at Lewis and Clark High School. He was also director of the club youth volleyball team Apex. 

Authorities could not positively identify whether the images downloaded were of Wright’s players, as the images downloaded were consistent with the age range of the volleyball players he coached.

“It is deeply troubling that a coach, entrusted with the safety of teenage – and younger – girls, engaged in child pornography conduct that demonstrated his sexual interest in girls that age,” said Vanessa R. Waldref, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.  “It is a relief that the FBI did not recover evidence that Mr. Wright recorded child pornography images or videos of any of the players he coached.  Today’s sentence nevertheless serves as a clarion call to anyone who would endanger or exploit children in the Eastern District or elsewhere: law enforcement is actively investigating your online conduct, and the consequences for engaging in child exploitation are severe.”