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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 7, 2015

San Francisco Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that GEOFFREY WALKER, age 65, of San Francisco, California, pled guilty today for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

According to court documents, as a result of an undercover operation by federal law enforcement agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) into the sexual exploitation of children and the distribution of child pornography in the Eastern District of Louisiana, it was determined that WALKER was utilizing his email account to distribute child pornography from California to Louisiana.  On September 5, 2014, a federal search warrant was executed at WALKER’s residence in California and HSI agents seized his computer pursuant to the search warrant.  WALKER was taken into federal custody at the time of the execution of the search warrant.  HSI agents established that on eleven different occasions, WALKER emailed sexually explicit images of minors to an undercover HSI agent located in New Orleans.  A subsequent computer forensic search of WALKER’s computer by HSI yielded over 9,000 images and over 1,000 videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit activity.

WALKER faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years, followed by up to a lifetime term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.  In addition, WALKER will be required to register as a sex offender.  U.S. Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for August 12, 2015.

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 Kenneth Polite praised the work of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, HSI in investigating this matter.  Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and Fraud Section Chief, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba is in charge of the prosecution.

Geoffrey Walker Factual Basis.pdf (48.26 KB)

 

Updated September 2, 2015