Quitman Man Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison for Producing Child Pornography
MONROE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Quitman man was sentenced Monday to 210 months in prison for producing child pornography.
Christopher Nixon, 22, of Quitman, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James for one count of production of child pornography. He was also sentenced to serve 15 years of supervised release and is required to register as a sex offender. According to evidence presented at the September 5, 2014 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.
“This office will vigorously prosecute those who create, distribute and possess child pornography,” Finley stated. “Sexual abuse, including child pornography, is a growing problem and has devastating consequences for the victimized children. These children suffer additional 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 these materials 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 Shreveport, the Louisiana State Police, the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office and Canadian law enforcement investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell prosecuted 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.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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.