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Former Fair Bluff Police Officer Charged With The Manufacturing Of Child Pornography Pleads Guilty

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

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that in federal court on January 25, 2016, DONALD BRIAN BEAUCHAINE, 40, of Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina, pled guilty before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to one count of manufacturing child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2251(a)and (d).  

According to the investigation, On June 4, 2014, BEAUCHAINE was previously employed as a police officer with the Fair Bluff Police Department.  He was caught secretly videotaping his girlfriend’s minor daughter in the bathroom.  He admitted to videotaping the girl beginning in April 2014 until he was caught.  A forensics examination of BEAUCHAINE’S cellphone and laptop 12,000 images of child pornography.    

At sentencing, not yet scheduled by the court, BEAUCHAINE faces up to 30 years imprisonment.

The criminal investigation of this case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Lake Waccamaw Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Ethan A. Ontjes is handling the prosecution on behalf of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level.  For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to

Updated January 27, 2016