Missouri Man Indicted for Travelling to Louisiana to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct with Twelve-Year-Old Female
NEW ORLEANS, LA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that EVERETT J. DILLON (“DILLON”), age 34, of Golden Meadow, Louisiana, pled guilty today to Possession of Materials Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Children in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252(a)(4)(B) and (b)(2).
According to documents filed in federal court, the case against DILLON developed as a result of a lead to the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (“LBI”) that a KIK user had sent explicit videos of children, aged approximately ten (10) years of age. On December 1, 2020, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) special agents along with the LBI executed a search warrant at DILLON’s home in Golden Meadow. Agents advised DILLON of his Miranda rights and, after waiving his rights, DILLON admitted that the KIK account and email address were his and that he stored child pornography on his electronic equipment. HSI computer forensic examiners located over 4,000 images and videos depicting the sexual victimization of children on the defendant’s AT&T cellular phone. The images and videos depict pre-pubescent girls, including toddlers, engaged in sexual acts with adults.
DILLON faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten (10) years and a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years imprisonment, and/or a fine of $250,000.00, or the greater of twice the gross gain to the defendant or twice the gross loss to any person of the offense under Title 18, United States Code, Section 3571, and a $100.00 mandatory special assessment fee. Sentencing in this matter is scheduled for January 25, 2022 at 2:00 pm, before United States District Judge Wendy B. Vitter.
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 Attorney’s 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 would also like to acknowledge the assistance of the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations with this matter. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba, Chief of the Financial Crimes Unit.