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Middle District of Tennessee

Friday, May 29, 2015

Federal Jury Convicts Summertown Man Of Conspiracy To Possess Child Pornography

Daniel Bruce LaDeau, 65, of Summertown, Tennessee, was found guilty yesterday, by a federal jury, of conspiracy to possess child pornography, announced David Rivera, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

The jury returned a guilty verdict following a 3-day trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp.

The evidence at trial showed that between March and August 2010 LaDeau and his younger brother David Ladeau, who was then incarcerated on federal charges of possession of child pornography, exchanged letters in which the two conspired to obtain sexually explicit images and videos of young boys from the Internet. In the letters, the two brothers discussed their mutual sexual interest in child pornography depicting young boys.

Daniel LaDeau, who was a novice computer user, often lamented his inability to find images and videos he had previously viewed, which prompted his brother to provide instructions and suggestions to him about how to obtain such sexually explicit images and videos of young boys from the Internet.

LuDeau will be sentenced by Chief Judge Sharp on August 31, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.  He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations; the Special Investigations Unit of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Rhode Island; and the Franklin, Tenn. Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carrie Daughtrey and Brent Hannafan.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 29, 2015