New Orleans Man Indicted for Possession of Child Pornography
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that GRADY W. CLARK, III, age 38, of New Orleans, was indicted today for possession of child pornography.
According to court documents, special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant on CLARK’s residence on January 20, 2017, during which time they seized numerous electronic items, including a laptop computer, thumb drives and cellular phones that contained images depicting the sexual victimization of prepubescent children. CLARK was arrested and appeared in federal court where he was detained by a United States Magistrate Judge.
Court records also revealed that CLARK was previously convicted on October 30, 2012, in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court for pornography involving juveniles.
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.
Due to his prior conviction, if convicted, CLARK faces a mandatory minimum penalty of ten years imprisonment up to twenty years, followed by up to a life term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
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 Polite praised the work of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, the Louisiana State Police, New Orleans Police Department, 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.