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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Exploitation of Children

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

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DOMINICK ANTHONY VALOTTA (“VALOTTA”) (a/k/a joncimpo#8015), age 38, a resident of New Orleans, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Jay C. Zainey, to Count Two of a four-count indictment pending again him, charging VALOTTA with sexual exploitation of children, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2251(a).

According to court documents, acting on a complaint made by a minor resident in Rhode Island, law enforcement executed several lawful search warrants. These warrants were focused on social media accounts, electronic devices, and a residence in Harahan, La. belonging to VALOTTA for various dates beginning around January 2023. A review of the items seized and searched revealed that throughout 2022 and early 2023, VALOTTA met at least three (3) minor females on social media applications. Thereafter, VALOTTA created a false persona. When chatting with the minors, VALOTTA typically engaged in sexually charged correspondence that culminated in VALOTTA attempting to arrange in-person sexual liaisons, requesting sexually explicit images and videos, and, to encourage minors to send him sexually explicit depictions, offered to take and transmit sexually explicit pictures of himself. VALOTTA’s victims included a North Carolina resident born in August 2007 (Victim 1), an Ohio resident born in July 2008 (Victim 2), and a North Carolina resident born in March 2008 (Victim 3).

VALOTTA faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of fifteen (15) years and up to a maximum of thirty (30) years imprisonment. He also faces a minimum of five (5) years and a maximum of a lifetime of supervised release, up to a $250,000 fine, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee. He may also be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing before Judge Zainey has been scheduled for August 6, 2024.

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

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg, Chief of the Public Integrity Unit, is in charge of the prosecution.


Shane Jones 

Community Outreach Coordinator 

U.S. Attorney's Office 

Eastern District of Louisiana

Updated May 3, 2024

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