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Kaplan man sentenced to 7 years in prison for child porn

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 15:17:05-04

LAFAYETTE, La. - A Kaplan man with a prior 2002 state conviction of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, was sentenced in federal court on Friday for a child pornography offense, United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced.

Jessie C. Comeaux, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael J. Juneau., to 87 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography. Following his imprisonment, Comeaux will be supervised by the United States Probation Office for eight years and will be required to register with the state sex offender registry in any state in which he lives or works, according to release. Comeaux pled guilty to this charge on March 12, 2020.

According to court records, the investigation began when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reported a CyberTip to special agents with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigations (LBI) Cyber Crimes Unit indicating that an IP address associated with Comeaux's address used an electronic device to access child pornography. Special agents with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) obtained a federal court-authorized search warrant, and on April 1, 2019, law enforcement officers with HSI, LBI and Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office executed the search warrant at Comeaux's residence in Kaplan. A laptop previewed during the search revealed images of child pornography. Comeaux admitted to the officers that he was the primary user of the laptop and that he viewed images of child pornography on the internet involving females 10 and 12 years of age.

The release states a subsequent forensic analysis of Comeaux's laptop revealed 42 images of pre-pubescent and post-pubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, some as young as two years of age. Seven of the images had been downloaded by Comeaux from the internet.

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