Houma Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that REHER MORRIS, age 28, of Houma, pled guilty yesterday to crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.
The joint U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and Louisiana Bureau of Investigations’ Cyber Crime Unit investigation began as a result of a complaint from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Investigators determined MORRIS was downloading images of child pornography at his place of employment in Houma. On December 7, 2015, state and federal investigators executed a search warrant and found MORRIS in possession of an Apple iPhone containing over 12,000 images and 115 videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children.
MORRIS faces a mandatory minimum sentence of not less than five years and a maximum sentence of up to twenty years’ imprisonment, followed by up to a lifetime term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. MORRIS will also be required to register as a sex offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set sentencing for February 2, 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, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Louisiana Bureau of Investigations’ Cyber Crime Unit 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.