Texas Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Production and Attempted Production of Child Pornography
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Louisiana
United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that Grant McKay Durtschi, age 51, of Lewisville, Texas, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles to production and attempted production of child pornography. As a result of his conviction, Durtschi faces a significant term of imprisonment, a fine, and a period of supervised release, which includes sex offender registration requirements.
According to admissions made during his plea, on or around July 2020, Durtschi arranged for a minor female, a resident of the Middle District of Louisiana, to travel to a location in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, for a photoshoot. On or about July 20, 2020, at the location in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, Durtschi directed the minor to engage in specific poses that lasciviously displayed her genitals for the purposes of photographing her.
Durtschi transported the images from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, to his home, located in the Eastern District of Texas. Durtschi utilized the internet to upload some of the photographs, via a Google Drive account, where he also stored other images of the minor.
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kristen Lundin Craig and Trial Attorney Charles Schmitz of the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (“CEOS”).
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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and 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 http://www.justice.gov/psc.
Updated March 7, 2023
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