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April 12, 2011

HERBERT POCHE, 60, of Jefferson, Louisiana, was sentenced in federal court today by U. S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance to over eight years (97 months) in prison for receiving child pornography, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition, the defendant was ordered to serve ten (10) years supervised release during which time he will be under federal supervision and risks additional imprisonment should he violate any terms of the release, and register as a sex offender as part of the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act.

According to court documents, on September 22, 2010, POCHE pled guilty admitting that on June 8, 2009, special agents found that POCHE was found to be in possession of computers which contained 76 videos depicting the sexual victimization of minor children. POCHE further admitted that he subscribed to websites offering child pornography.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

This investigation was conducted by Special Agents with the U. S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The prosecution was handled by Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.





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