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Southern District of Mississippi

Friday, December 30, 2016

Picayune Resident Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Child Pornography


Gulfport, Mississippi. – Elza Eugene Harter, 52, of Picayune, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr., to serve 97 months in federal prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis. Harter was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

On June 5, 2014, Harter was found to be in possession of a laptop and hard drive containing 111 images and 206 videos of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct as defined in the federal laws for violations of the sexual exploitation of children. He pled guilty to the charge on September 21, 2016.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.

Updated December 30, 2016