Quitman Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges
MONROE, La. –A Quitman man pleaded guilty to producing child pornography, U.S.Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today.
Christopher Nixon, 22, of Quitman, La., entered a conditional guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes for one count of production of child pornography. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Court Judge Robert G. James. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, between February 1, 2012 and March 30, 2012, Nixon produced child pornography using a male under the age of 18. Canadian law enforcement discovered the videos during an unrelated investigation in May of 2013. The videos depicted sex acts between Nixon and an underage male.
Nixon faces 15 to 30 years in prison, up to life of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. He also faces forfeiture of the equipment used to produce and store the child pornography. A sentencing date of January 5, 2015 was set.
“This office will continue in its prosecution of anyone who creates, distributes and possesses child pornography,” Finley stated. “Sexual abuse is a growing problem around the world, and it has devastating consequences for the victimized children. Child pornography is also a growing problem. These children suffer physical and mental abuse as these images continue to circulate worldwide across the internet for many years long after they were victims of the initial horrific acts. With this guilty plea, we have stopped the flow of this material from one producer at the source. I would like to thank all who are involved and dedicated to halting the production of child pornography in this district.”
“This case shows anyone who produces child pornography can and will be held accountable for their criminal actions regardless of where in the world the investigation leads or how much time has passed,” said Raymond R. Parmer Jr., special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations-New Orleans. “Sexual abuse scars children for life, and HSI will continue to use all the tools in its arsenal, to include the HSI Operation Predator smartphone app that helped identify and locate Mr. Nixon in this case, to identify the perpetrators of these horrendous acts and seek justice on behalf of their victims.”
Homeland Security Investigations, the Louisiana State Police, and the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell is prosecuting the case.
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 marshals 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, visit www.justice.gov/psc.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at (866) DHS-2ICE. Investigators are available at all hours to answer hotline calls. Tips or other information can also be submitted to ICE online at www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp.