DAVID KLIMENKO (“KLIMENKO”), age 30, of Houma, Louisiana, was sentenced on July 10, 2018, for Failure to Register as a Convicted Sex Offender and Distribution of Child Pornography, announced United States Attorney Duane A. Evans.
United States District Judge Jay C. Zainey sentenced KLIMENKO to seventeen years’ incarceration to be followed by 25 years of supervised release.
According to court records, the case against KLIMENKO developed as a result of a lead from the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crimes Unit (“LBI”) concerning a registered sex offender who absconded from Maryland. On April 6, 2017, special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) obtained federal search warrants for two addresses in Houma, LA. That same day, KLIMENKO was arrested during the execution of the search warrants. Agents advised KLIMENKO of his Miranda rights and KLIMENKO waived his rights and completed a written Miranda waiver. During an interview, KLIMENKO admitted to knowingly failing to register as a sex offender after fleeing from Maryland and traveling to Louisiana. KLIMENKO also admitted to distributing child pornography on multiple occasions.
Specifically, KLIMENKO told HSI agents that he was a convicted sex offender in Maryland and was sentenced to two years of probation, two years of a suspended sentence, and required to register as a Tier II sex offender in Maryland or any other state in which he resided. KLIMENKO confirmed that he signed sex offender registration forms in Maryland upon his conviction. KLIMENKO stated that out of fear that his Maryland Probation Officer would violate his probation, he cut off his court mandated GPS ankle monitor and traveled to Louisiana. KLIMENKO lived in Houma, LA.
KLIMENKO confirmed that on February 2, 2017, he used the Internet service from the next door residence and used various Facebook profiles to distribute child pornography on the Internet. Records obtained from Facebook confirmed that KLIMENKO used his Facebook account to distribute four (4) videos and eight (8) images depicting the sexual victimization of children on February 2, 2017. Facebook records further establish that KLIMENKO used another Facebook account to distribute two (2) additional images depicting the sexual exploitation of children on the same date, February 2, 2017. KLIMENKO also admitted to sending child pornography to a woman he was communicating with using Facebook.
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 Evans praised the work of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation 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.