According to court documents, in about September 2019, Special Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) received a tip that an individual, subsequently determined to be CORLEY, had uploaded approximately seven (7) images depicting the sexual exploitation of children to a digital application and distribution platform designed for video gaming communities. Agents executed a search warrant at CORLEY’s residence in March 2020 and seized several electronic devices that contained files depicting the sexual victimization of children. A forensic examination of several of the devices confirmed that CORLEY had used them to search for, download, and save at least 60,000 images and 1,5000 videos depicting the sexual victimization of children, including by visiting a web forum on June 16, 2019, August 4, 2019, and March 9, 2020. The filed depicted children as young as approximately four (4) years old engaging in sexually explicit conduct, including numerous images and videos that portrayed “sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence.”
Because of his prior conviction, if convicted in this matter CORLEY faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years and a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years for the possession charge. CORLEY also faces a lifetime of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and he can be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing has been scheduled before Judge Zainey for June 29, 2021.
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 Attorney’s= 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.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter, with support from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg is in charge of the prosecution.