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Wisconsin man sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for transportation of child pornography

NEW ORLEANS — A Wisconsin man was sentenced today to188 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for transportation 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 Louisiana Attorney General's Office. This sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval for the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Jack Labrosse, 42, of Green Bay, Wis., was convicted of knowingly transporting images and videos of child pornography on a U.S. Airways flight from Green Bay to New Orleans on July 18, 2010. A computer forensic examination of Labrosse's computer by ICE HSI agents revealed 5,853 images and 51 videos depicting the sexual victimization of children. According to statements Labrosse made to federal agents, he flew from Wisconsin to Louisiana with his laptop computer that contained images and videos depicting child pornography. Labrosse told HSI agents he used peer-to-peer programs such as Limewire and Frostwire to search for child pornography.

On March 16, Labrosse pled guilty to one count of an indictment for transportation of child pornography. As part of the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act, he will be required to register as a sex offender and is prohibited from having any contact with minors under the age of 18.

"ICE HSI will aggressively use its investigative authorities to identify and arrest individuals who seek to sexually exploit children in this manner," said Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., special agent in charge of ICE HSI in New Orleans. "We are committed to protecting our communities by bringing to justice these child predators, who are a direct threat to our youth."

This case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U. S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

The prosecution of this case was handled by Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.

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 at http://www.cybertipline.com.