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Mississippi man sentenced to 48 months in prison for possessing child pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Mississippi man was sentenced Monday to 48 months in prison for possessing child pornography on a computer at a Lake Charles RV park.


Jesse Easterling, 41, of Hattisburg, Miss., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of possession of child pornography. He was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. According to the May 2, 2017 guilty plea, law enforcement agents identified the defendant as having child pornography in April of 2016 while he was staying at an RV park in Lake Charles. Law enforcement agents searched his property and found 72 videos of child pornography on his computer. Some of the videos were sexually explicit images of children under the age of 12. He also admitted during an interview that he had downloaded child pornography over the internet.


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


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 or through the Operation Predator smartphone application  Tips may be submitted anonymously.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Dominic Rossetti prosecuted the case.

Updated November 1, 2017

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