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Louisiana man faces federal charges for production of child pornography

NEW ORLEANS, La. - A 55-year-old Avondale, La., man was charged in a superseding indictment yesterday by a federal grand jury for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children, following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-led investigation.

David A. Lewis, 55, who was previously indicted for receipt and possession of images of child pornography, is now also charged with production of child pornography. If convicted, Lewis faces a minimum sentence of 25 years and a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison, a lifetime term of supervised release, $250 thousand fine, and can be required to register as a sex offender. Since the indictment also alleges that Lewis was previously convicted of child molesting on or about July 19, 1985, Lewis faces an enhanced sentence if convicted.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign national predators whose crimes make them deportable.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

U. S. Attorney Jim Letten reiterated that the superseding indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.