BALL RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY POSSESSION
ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Alexander MacIver, 23, of Ball, La., pleaded guilty before U. S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to possessing child pornography on his computer.
According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, authorities discovered more than 10 images of child pornography and one video on MacIver’s laptop, after authorities executed a search warrant of his home on July 18, 2011. The images and video involved minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. MacIver admitted to downloading the material off the internet.
MacIver faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years to life of supervised release. Sentencing has been set for Aug. 12, 2013. The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Lafayette investigations unit conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. McManus is prosecuting 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 can be submitted to ICE investigators online at http://www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp or to the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov. The Alexandria FBI office number is (318) 443-5097.