A former deputy with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office has been sentenced to twelve years in prison for admitting to downloading child pornography.

United States Attorney Stephanie Finley says Daniel J. Bourque, Jr. of Erath pled guilty in February of 2012 to using an internet peer to peer site which is regularly used to get the illegal images. Agents say while searching his home, they found five hard drives, cell phones and various cds which contained about 15 videos of child pornography and about 630 images of child porn.

Finley made the following statement concerning the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik:

Anyone who distributes, downloads or collects child pornography will face serious consequences. They should understand that this office, along with our federal, state and local partners, is committed to doing everything we can to protect children. We will prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law and will ask for sentences that reflect these horrendous criminal acts.