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sHREVEPORT MAN SENTENCED TO 100 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2013

SHREVEPORT, La. – U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that John Carpenter Myers, 43, of Shreveport, was sentenced Tuesday by U. S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to 100 months in prison and lifetime supervised release for distributing child pornography.

According to court documents, Louisiana authorities received notice from an undercover investigator in another state that Myers was making images depicting children in sexual situations available through file sharing software on his computer. After a search of his computer, authorities found 1,857 videos and 3,656 digital photographs that depicted minors in sexually abusive circumstances.

“The individual in this case used his computer to provide images of abused children to others online,” Finley said. “His actions contributed to a worldwide trade of such material. Our office will not stop prosecuting those who distribute images and videos depicting abuse of children.”

The Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana State Police – Criminal Investigations Division investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Earl Campbell and John Luke Walker prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at (866) DHS-2ICE. Investigators are available at all hours to answer hotline calls. Tips or other information can also be submitted to ICE online at http://www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp and to the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov. Tips may be reported anonymously. The Shreveport FBI office number is (318) 861-1890.

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