Christian Yvon Lapierre (46, a Canadian citizen residing in Jacksonville) pled guilty in U.S. District Court today to receiving child pornography over the Internet. Lapierre faces a mandatory minimum sentence of at least five years and up to 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a potential life term of supervised release.
According to court documents, an investigator with the Florida Attorney
General’s Office conducted an undercover operation to identify individuals using
the Internet to share child pornography. The investigator was able to identify
an Internet protocol (IP) address located in Jacksonville that was sharing files
depicting child pornography. Subpoenaed documents later revealed that the
Internet service account for this IP address resolved to Lapierre’s Jacksonville
On June 14, 2011, a federal search warrant was executed at Lapierre’s
residence. Law enforcement officers seized two computers and other digital
media. Lapierre was inside the residence when the search warrant was executed.
During an interview, he admitted that he was the one who downloaded the files,
using the particular software program, and that he had some videos showing kids,
as well as some “teen stuff.” Lapierre admitted using particular terms to search
for child pornography and that he downloaded videos which contained mostly girls
and reaffirmed that he “would pretty much just look at them and then get rid of
them.” Lapierre stated that he would get rid of the videos by deleting them into
the computer’s recycling bin because he did not want them on his computer. He
also stated that he started deleting the files when he heard the FBI knock and
announce themselves at the door. Lapierre believed that one of the videos that
he deleted depicted a child having sex with an adult.
Subsequent forensic analysis revealed that Lapierre’s computer media
contained five videos and one image depicting child pornography.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the former
Child Predator Cybercrime Unit of the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the
Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, and
the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United
States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
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 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. For more information about Project
Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and for more information about
Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab
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