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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ohio Man Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison For Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHN FOSTER, age 45, a resident of Tipp City, Ohio, was sentenced today for conspiracy to produce child pornography.

According to court documents, beginning in June 2012, and continuing until November 2013, FOSTER conspired with JONATHAN JOHNSON, the administrator of a multi-national child pornography website, to create and post videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet.  In November 2013, FOSTER was arrested by special agents with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”).

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt sentenced FOSTER to 16 years’ incarceration, followed by 20 years of supervised release, and FOSTER will have 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 praised the work of Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in investigating this case.  Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and Fraud Unit Chief, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated January 21, 2015