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RACELAND MAN, RONALD BREAUX, SENTENCED TO 151 MONTHS FOR DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

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November 15, 2013

RONALD BREAUX, age 66, of Raceland, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown to 151 months in prison for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr.  Judge Brown also ordered the defendant to pay $1,750 to one of the victims whose images he downloaded.  After his term of imprisonment BREAUX will be placed on supervised release for five years.

According to court documents, BREAUX used “peer-to-peer” file sharing programs on his computer to search for, download, and share videos and images of children as young as eighteen (18)-months-old engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  On September 25, 2012, law enforcement officials, led by the State of Louisiana Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General, executed a search warrant at BREAUX’S residence and seized two computers and five electronic storage devices.  BREAUX catalogued the pictures and videos in computer folders he created with names like “young,” “crime,” and “incest.  In total, BREAUX downloaded, viewed, and saved at least 1,485 images and 479 videos of children being victimized. 

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 Attorneys' 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 agents from the State of Louisiana - Office of the Attorney General.  The prosecution of this case was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Jordan Ginsberg and Matthew S. Chester.

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