NEW ORLEANS MAN, CHRISTOPHER M. SCHWAB, PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
CHRISTOPHER M. SCHWAB, age 24, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty today to four counts of producing child pornography involving four different minor victims, one count of distributing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography, announced U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr.
According to court documents, 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.
Production of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen years and a maximum sentence of thirty years. Distribution and receipt of child pornography carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of twenty years. Upon his release from incarceration, SCHWAB will have to register has a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for June 11, 2014 before United States District Judge Sarah Vance.
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.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and Fraud Unit Chief, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.
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