Slidell Man Sentenced for Sexual Exploitation of Children
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that BRIAN GRACO, age 36, of Slidell, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to receiving images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children.
U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon sentenced GRACO to 97 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release. Additionally, GRACO was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,000 and will be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act.
According to court documents, on May 27, 2014, law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at GRACO’s residence, during which time they seized several electronic items, including three computers, one external digital storage device, and three removable digital storage devices. A preliminary review of the electronic devices determined that a desktop computer contained images and videos depicting the sexual victimization of children. A more intensive forensic examination of the device revealed that GRACO had used the desktop computer to access Internet websites and networks devoted to the advertisement and distribution of child pornography. Between June 4, 2013 and May 27, 2014, GRACO discussed matters pertinent to the sexual abuse of children to search for, download, and save images and videos of children as young as five (5)-years-old engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The forensic examination determined that GRACO possessed at least10,264 images and 130 videos of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct. After downloading the images and videos, GRACO stored them on special folders he created on his computer.
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 Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg and Special Assistant United States Attorney J. Ryan McLaren were in charge of the prosecution.