NEW ORLEANS—Jason Long, age 35, a resident of Norco, Louisiana, pleaded guilty yesterday before United States District Judge Helen G. Berrigan to receiving images depicting the sexual victimization of children, announced United States Attorney Jim Letten.
According to court documents, Long used his computers to access the Internet. Once able to access the Internet, Long used peer-to-peer file sharing programs to download approximately 232 pictures and 169 videos of children victimized. Evidence demonstrated that Long searched for images depicting minors engaged in specific types of conduct to download. The images Long searched for and ultimately downloaded were of children as young as 6 years old.
Sentencing has been scheduled for August 1, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Long faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, followed by up to a life term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. He can also be required to register as a sex offender.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “Resources.”
This case was investigated by special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.