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Louisiana man Sentenced For Accessing Child Porn on Dark Web

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A Coushatta man who was a regular user of child porn on the Dark Web will spend the next 10 years in federal prison, following his sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Shreveport.

Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. also sentenced Paul Andrew Talley, 51, to five years of supervised release after he gets out of prison. Talley must register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney David Joseph announced Thursday in a news release. 

Talley pleaded guilty April 11 to accessing the Dark Web to view child pornography. Forensic analysis on the computer equipment seized from Talley’s home on Aug. 20, 2015, revealed more than 2,300 images of child pornography. Those images match what was found on the Dark Web site.

The Dark Web, also called the DarkNet, is a collection of underground marketplaces where websites selling illegal content design their sites to hide identities of users and evade law enforcement detection. For more information, visit www.fbi.gov/news/stories/a-primer-on-darknet-marketplaces.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood combines 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.  

Those concerned may leave tips with the FBI at tips.fbi.gov. Tips may be submitted anonymously. The Shreveport FBI office number is (318) 861-1890.

The FBI conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg prosecuted the case.

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