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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Orleans Man, Christopher M. Schwab, Charged With Producing And Distributing Child Pornography

CHRISTOPHER M. SCHWAB, age 24, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged yesterday in a Bill of Information with multiple counts of  production of materials involving the sexual exploitation of children, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of child pornography, announced U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr.

In August 2013, SCHWAB was arrested by special agents with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) after they determined that SCHWAB was responsible for sending images depicting the sexual exploitation of children.  SCHWAB has been in custody since his arrest.

Yesterday’s Bill of Information charges SCHWAB with four (4) counts of child pornography involving four different minor victims.  In addition, SCHWAB was charged with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography.

Production of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen (15) years and a maximum sentence of thirty (30) years.  Distribution and receipt of child pornography carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five (5) years and a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years.  If convicted, SCHWAB will have to register has a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and Strike Force Chief, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.

(Download Bill of Information )