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bALL MAN SENTENCED TO 70 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, La. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Alexander Maciver, 24, of Ball, La., was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to 70 months in prison and five years of supervised release for possessing child pornography. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.  Maciver pleaded guilty on April 30, 2013.

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.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Lafayette investigations unit conducted the investigation.  This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice launched 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 (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.

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 www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp.  Tips may be submitted anonymously.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. McManus prosecuted the case.

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