Harvey Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that CHRISTOPHER ORGERON, age 33, of Harvey, pled guilty yesterday to crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.
According to court records, beginning at an unknown time and continuing to on or about June 25, 2015, ORGERON knowingly received child pornography. On June 25, 2015, Special Agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations executed a federal search warrant at ORGERON’s Harvey home. Computer forensic agents located over 26,000 images and 612 videos depicting the sexual exploitation of minors on ORGERON’s computers.
ORGERON faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum penalty of up to twenty years imprisonment, followed by up to a lifetime term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon set sentencing for March 16, 2017.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc for more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and Fraud Section Chief, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.