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Louisiana man sentenced in federal court on child pornography charges

LAFAYETTE, La.- William M. Teich, 32, of Lafayette, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 20 years of supervised release for distribution of child pornography, following an investigation conducted by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Lafayette Police Department (LPD).

The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Rebecca F. Doherty, for the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Louisiana.

Teich pleaded guilty in October of 2010 to distribution of child pornography. He was identified during an investigation by the Lafayette Police Department using a file sharing software (peer-to-peer) to possess and/or distribute child pornography. Detectives executed a search warrant at Teich's residence and found approximately 21 videos of child pornography downloaded from the Internet. During the investigation, detectives discovered one file of a minor female engaging in sexual intercourse with an adult male on his computer. Teich admitted to downloading the video and placing it in a "shared folder" for the purpose of distribution with other individuals on the Internet, using the same file sharing software. The child pornography found on his computer consisted of minors from ages 3 to 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

"Each child seen in these pornographic videos is an innocent victim of those who produce, possess, transport and share child pornography. Unfortunately, these images are being viewed over and over again, perpetuating the abuse of these children," said Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., special agent in charge of ICE HSI in New Orleans. "HSI will continue to diligently work with our law enforcement partners to identify child predators and bring them to justice." Parmer oversees a five-state area which includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley stated, "Our office will continue to prosecute those who participate in activities that exploit children."

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Collin Sims.

For more information, visit www.ice.gov.