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BOURG, LOUISIANA MAN, RODDY VIZIER, SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

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September 19, 2013

RODDY VIZIER, 41, of Bourg, Louisiana, was sentenced today before U.S. District Court Jane Triche Milazzo to 66 months incarceration for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.  Following the term in incarceration, VIZIER will be placed on ten years of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

According to court documents, on December 14, 2012, VIZIER was indicted by a federal grand jury for Receipt of Materials Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Minors and was arrested by federal agents with the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  On March 28, 2013, VIZIER pled guilty in federal court to the indictment.  According to documents filed in federal court, special agents with HSI determined VIZIER was downloading images depicting the sexual victimization of children through the use of peer-to-peer file sharing software.  Federal agents learned from Customs and Border Protection officers that VIZIER was a crew member aboard the maritime vessel Harvey War Horse II which was docked in Port Fourchon, LA and was scheduled to depart for Jamaica.  HSI agents boarded the vessel and searched VIZIER’s computer and determined VIZIER had downloaded 26 videos and 789 images of child pornography.

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 the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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 education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

This case was investigated by special agents from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, HSI.  The prosecution of this case was handled by Strike Force Chief and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.

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