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Federal judge sentences Livingston man to five years for child porn

James Puckett (Source: Polk County Jail) James Puckett (Source: Polk County Jail)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (KTRE) -

A U.S. district judge sentenced a 46-year-old Livingston man to five years in federal prison for transporting child pornography from Texas to Louisiana in April of 2016.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana, U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey sentenced James Puckett to five years in federal prison for transporting child pornography. 

Once Puckett is released from prison, he will be required to serve 15 years of supervised release. He will also be required to register as sex offender, pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Puckett, who worked as a crew member on an off-shore vessel, transported child pornography from Texas to Louisiana in April of 2016, the press release stated.

“HSI computer forensic examiners located images depicting the sexual victimization of children on the defendant’s Padfone X Mini after he was encountered by federal agents at Port Fourchon,” the press release stated. “The images transported by Puckett contained images depicting the rape, bondage, and sexual exploitation of pre-pubescent children.”

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative the Department of Justice launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

“Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims,” the press release stated.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood and internet safety education, click this link.

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Homeland Security Investigations in investigating the case. The prosecution of this case is being handled by U.S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba, the Project Safe Childhood coordinator and fraud section chief.

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