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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 18, 2015

Kennesaw Man Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography

ATLANTA - Shawnston Beaudoin has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for producing child pornography.

“Producing child pornography is an unspeakable crime,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn. “Beaudoin preyed on the vulnerable and innocent of our society for his own personal pleasure.  This office’s Project Safe Childhood program is dedicated to searching out and prosecuting anyone who victimizes children to contribute to the child pornography market.”

“Those who collect and distribute child pornography victimize and exploit the children in those images again with each re-distribution. To have an individual such as Mr. Beaudoin, who was actually producing child pornography, off of our streets is a major step toward protecting our community’s children from those who would prey on them,” said J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges and other information presented in court: In February 2014, the FBI received information that Shawnston Beaudoin was collecting and distributing child pornography. On March 5, 2014, FBI agents executed federal search warrants at Beaudoin’s apartment and at a business that he managed in Kennesaw, Georgia. Beaudoin initially admitted to having child pornography but denied having any inappropriate contact with a child. He agreed to take a polygraph test to support his claim.

During the polygraph test, his answers to key questions indicated that he was being deceptive. At that time, he admitted to FBI agents that they would find homemade pornographic images of young girls on his computers. The forensics analysis of his computers revealed that he had personally produced pornographic images of three different children between 2005 and 2013.

Shawnston Beaudoin, 31, of Kennesaw, Georgia, has been sentenced to 22 years in prison to be followed by lifetime supervised release.  Beaudoin was convicted on these charges on March 4, 2015, after he pleaded guilty.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul R. Jones prosecuted the case.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 18, 2015