LAFAYETTE, La. - Kevin James Forestier, Jr., 26, of Scott, Louisiana, was sentenced today for possession of child pornography, Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced. United States District Judge Robert R. Summerhays sentenced Forestier to 34 months (2 years, 10 months) in prison followed by 6 years of supervised release. Forestier will also be required to register as a sex offender.
In July 2018, law enforcement agents with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crime Unit received a Cybertip report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) indicating a user had uploaded images containing child pornography through the internet to an account. An investigation revealed that Kevin James Forestier, Jr. was the suspected user and on Sept. 11, 2018, law enforcement agents obtained a search warrant for his residence and cellular phone. Agents discovered child pornography containing images of a prepubescent minor who had not attained the age of 12 on Forestier’s cellular phone. Forestier admitted that he had in fact uploaded the images to his cellular phone from the internet. Forestier pleaded guilty to the charge on October 22, 2019.
The Department of Homeland Security – Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Vermaelen prosecuted the case.