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Houma Man Sentenced To 105 Months for Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today that NICHOLAS GARCIA (“GARCIA”), age 33, of Houma, Louisiana, was sentenced today for possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B).

According to documents filed in federal court, special agents with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (“LBI”) obtained a search warrant for GARCIA’s residence in Houma, Louisiana.  On February 21, 2018, agents with LBI, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) executed the search warrant and arrested GARCIA after finding GARCIA in possession of a Samsung Galaxy tablet containing images and videos of child pornography.  A subsequent computer forensic examination by HSI revealed over 350 images and 3 videos depicting the sexual victimization of pre-pubescent children on GARCIA’s Samsung device.

GARCIA was sentenced to 105 months by United States District Judge Barry W. Ashe. GARCIA was also sentenced to a period of five years of supervised release after his term of imprisonment. Judge Ashe also ordered GARCIA to pay restitution in the amount of $3,000.00, a $100.00 special assessment fee and ordered him to register as a sex offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act.

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  For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”           

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, and The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and Financial Crimes Unit Supervisor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.

Updated February 21, 2019

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