Richmond County man sentenced to federal prison for persuading child to produce sexually explicit images
AUGUSTA, GA: A Laurens County man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to possession of sexually explicit images of children.
Christopher Scott Andrews, 41, of East Dublin, Ga., was sentenced to 96 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to Possession of Child Pornography, said Jill E. Steinberg, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen also ordered Andrews to pay fines and restitution of $4,000, to register as a sex offender, and to serve 15 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
“Christopher Andrews sought and downloaded sexually explicit images of children, thereby perpetuating their victimization,” said U.S. Attorney Steinberg. “With our vigilant law enforcement partners, we will identify and hold accountable those who engage in such predatory behavior.”
As described in court documents and testimony, investigators from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office in December 2022 received a CyberTip alerting them to potential child pornography linked to a cell phone number located in the greater Dublin area. With assistance from the FBI, investigators identified Andrews and questioned him at his residence, located in the rear of a retail store in East Dublin.
Investigators found hundreds of sexually explicit images of children in devices seized from Andrews. He was indicted on federal charges in March 2023 and pled guilty in May.
“Collecting sexually explicit images and videos of children is a despicable act,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brian Ozden of FBI Atlanta. “Our continued work to investigate individuals who possess, receive and distribute child pornography should serve notice to those who may consider engaging in this behavior that it will not be tolerated.”
The case was investigated by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI, and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator Jason W. Blanchard.
Anyone with information on suspected child sexual exploitation can contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678, or https://report.cybertip.org/.
Barry L. Paschal, Public Affairs Officer: 912-652-4422