Child Predator Sentenced to 144 Months in Federal Prison
United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced that Chief U.S. District Court Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced ANDREW EASTERLY, age 21, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to serve 144 months in federal prison following his conviction for transportation of child pornography. EASTERLY will also be required to serve a 10-year term of supervised release and register as a convicted sex offender upon his release from prison.
This criminal case began when law enforcement officials received a tip that EASTERLY, utilizing user names “youngones” and “littleones69,” shared a number of sexually explicit images of children, ages 5 to 14, to an online social media website. A subsequent forensic examination of EASTERLY’s electronic devices revealed at least 300 additional images and videos of sexually explicit depictions of minors, including toddlers and prepubescent children. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officials learned that EASTERLY had also produced his own child pornography involving at least seven different victims, ages 1 to 17. Most of the child pornography produced by EASTERLY was the result of him surreptitiously photographing and recording unaware children in various states of nudity and engaging in private, personal activities such as using the restroom, showering, or changing clothes at his college dorm and at his parent’s home.
U.S. Attorney Fremin stated, “Through his despicable and reprehensible actions, this defendant earned every bit of his 144-month prison sentence. Protecting our children from child predators like ANDREW EASTERLY will continue to be a top priority of this office. We look forward to continuing to work with the public and our excellent federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to aggressively pursue offenders who target the most vulnerable members of our community.”
“Individuals who engage in the trade of child pornography steal the innocence of children and re-victimize them each time the evidence of their exploitation is shared online,” said Homeland Security Investigations New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Jere T. Miles. “This case shows HSI investigators are actively working to identity and disrupt the trade of these illegal images, and also to identify and seek prosecution of the criminals who produce and possess them.”
This matter was a joint investigation between the United States Attorney’s Office, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office – Cyber Crime Unit, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the Baton Rouge Police Department, and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamie A. Flowers, Jr.