Lafayette man pleads guilty to storing thousands of images of child pornography on laptop
LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced today that a Lafayette man pleaded guilty to storing thousands of images of child pornography on his laptop.
Kevin Greer, 47, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna to one count of transportation of obscene material. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell. According to the guilty plea, law enforcement agents visited Greer at his home on May 17, 2017 as part of an investigation. Greer told the agents that he had used his laptop to view child pornography. Greer’s laptop contained approximately 50 videos and 4,000 images of child pornography, with some minors depicted being as young as toddlers. Greer’s desktop had internet access and was connected to a peer-2-peer network, which allowed others to access the child pornography online.
Greer faces up to 20 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set the sentencing date for July 13, 2018.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood combines 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) also encourage the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at (866) 347-2423. Investigators are available at all hours to answer hotline calls. Tips or other information can also be submitted to ICE online by visiting their website at www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp or through the Operation Predator smartphone application www.ice.gov/predator/smartphone-app. Tips may be submitted anonymously.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Louisiana Bureau of Investigation-Cyber Crimes Unit conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys T. Forrest Phillips and John Luke Walker are prosecuting the case.