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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Seattle Man, Nicholas Saine, Sentenced For Possession Of Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced that NICHOLAS SAINE, age 27, a resident of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced today for possession of child pornography.

According to court documents, in November 2013, SAINE was arrested by special agents with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) and the United States Postal Inspection Service after they determined that SAINE possessed videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet.  SAINE had received the videos through websites operated by Johnathan Johnson, who was based in Abita Springs, Louisiana.  On April 30, 2014, SAINE entered a plea of guilty to knowingly possessing several videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt sentenced SAINE to 37 months imprisonment, five years of supervised release, and ordered that SAINE 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.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and Fraud Unit Chief, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.

Updated November 18, 2014