CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES FILED AGAINST LAROSE MAN
JOSEPH ST. PIERRE, 47, of Larose, Louisiana, was charged yesterday in a Bill of Information for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
ST. PIERRE was charged in a Bill of Information for Receipt of Materials Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Minors.
On April 27, 2011, federal agents with the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Louisiana State Police executed a search warrant at ST. PIERRE’s residence. ST. PIERRE will be ordered to appear before a federal magistrate judge to be formally arraigned on this Bill of Information.
If convicted, ST. PIERRE faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five (5) years and a maximum penalty of twenty (20) years, followed by up to a lifetime term of supervised release, a $250,000.00 fine and ST. PIERRE can be required to register as a sex offender.
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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
U. S. Attorney Letten 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 is being investigated by special agents from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, HSI and the Louisiana State Police.
The prosecution of this case is being handled by Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.
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