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Port Barre man sentenced to two years for child porn

Posted at 5:25 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 18:25:35-05

A Port Barre man was sentenced earlier this month for possession of child pornography.

John G. Bertrand, 35, of Port Barre, was sentenced to two years in prison by U.S. District Judge
Dee. D. Drell on one count of possession of child pornography.

He was also sentenced to seven years of supervised release and is required to register as a sex offender.

According to the July 25, 2018 guilty plea, law enforcement agents identified an IP address associated with Bertrand’s residence as downloading child pornography from the internet. Agents searched Bertrand’s home on December 15, 2016, and found a MacBook laptop containing 491 images and 88 video files of child pornography. They also found an external hard drive containing 292 images and 43 video files of child pornography. Bertrand admitted to agents that he had downloaded and stored the child pornography on these devices.

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.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the case.