Leesville man pleads guilty to receiving child pornography

LAKE CHARLES -- A Leesville man has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography.
According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, 29-year-old Elliot R. Duke pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi.
Finley said according to evidence presented at the guilty plea, after receiving information that child pornography was on Duke’s computer, law enforcement personnel searched Duke’s residence on May 14, 2013.
"The search revealed there was child pornography on Duke’s laptop, and upon further investigation, agents also discovered that Duke had been discussing and trading child pornography with other persons through email. A forensic examination of Duke’s laptop was conducted and revealed approximately 168 videos and 187 still images of child pornography," Finley said in the release.
Duke faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture, and a lifetime of supervised release for receiving child pornography. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Finley said sentencing has been set for April 24, 2014.
Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana State Police, and the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. McCoy is prosecuting the case.
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