New Iberia man pleads guilty to transporting obscene material of minors
LAFAYETTE, La. – Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced today that a man from New Iberia pleaded guilty to transporting obscene material.
Lance Robert LeMaire, 36, of New Iberia, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol B. Whitehurst to one count of transporting obscene material. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James. According to the guilty plea, law enforcement agents identified LeMaire as possibly possessing obscene material. An agent obtained LeMaire’s tablet computer on May 5, 2015, and a forensic examination found 161 images involving sexual exploitation of a minor on the device.
LeMaire faces five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set a sentencing date of July 10, 2017.
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.
Those concerned may also leave tips with the FBI at tips.fbi.gov. Tips may be submitted anonymously. The Lafayette FBI office number is (337) 233-2164.
The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert C. Abendroth and John Luke Walker are prosecuting the case.