United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced yesterday that ROY DAVID MELANCON, age 39, of Independence, Louisiana, was charged in a one-count Indictment with receipt of images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children, including children as young as approximately six months old.
If convicted, MELANCON faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five (5) years and a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years, followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. He can also be required to register as a sex offender.
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 Attorneys= 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.
United States Attorney Evans reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter, with support from the Hammond Police Department, the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office, and the Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.