Ville Platte Man Sentenced To 70 Months In Prison For Child Pornography
A Ville Platte man was sentenced to 70 months in prison for possessing more than 1,000 images of child pornography.
According to U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley, 60-year-old Bradley Smith was sentenced on two counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of receiving child pornography.
Once Smith leaves prison, he will have to register as a sex offender and be subject to 10 years of supervised release.
Evidence admitted at the trial revealed law enforcement detected Smith using an Internet file-sharing program to download malicious files in September 2012. After a forensic examination of Smith's computer, agents discovered 40 videos and 1,100 images of child pornography. A federal jury deliberated for 40 minutes after a two-day trial that ended on July 14, 2015.
The FBI and Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Luke Walker and Robert C. Abendroth 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.