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New Orleans Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DWIGHT JOSEPH, JR., age 33, of New Orleans, was charged today in a two-count Indictment with possession of images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children under the age of twelve and failure to register as a sex offender.

Because of JOSEPH’S 2005 conviction in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania for dissemination of photo/film of child sex acts, if convicted, JOSEPH faces a mandatory minimum of ten years imprisonment and a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years for possessing child pornography.  He also faces a maximum term of ten years imprisonment for failing to register as sex offender.  Additionally, JOSEPH faces up to a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine per count.  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.

U.S. Attorney Polite 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 Polite praised the work of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Cybercrime Unit and the United States Marshal’s Service, with assistance from the United States Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter.   Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated January 5, 2016

Topic
Project Safe Childhood