A Ponchatoula man pleaded guilty Tuesday to receiving images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children, including children as young as one year old, according to the United States Attorney’s Office’s Eastern District of Louisiana.
Edd Scafidel Jr., 59, will face five to 20 years in prison if convicted, and he’ll have to register as a sex offender. Scafidel may also have to pay a $250,000 fine and be supervised for the rest of his life upon his discharge from prison. His sentencing date is April 16.
In November 2018, a complainant reported Scafidel’s actions to the FBI, and on Dec. 4, 2018, FBI agents searched Scafidel’s home and found two electronic storage devices containing files depicting the sexual exploitation of children.
Forensic analysis determined that Scafidel searched for, downloaded and stored files that portrayed “sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence,” according to the Department of Justice.
Scafidel saved and downloaded at least 22,334 images depicting the sexual victimization of children, and one image showed “the sexual penetration of a conscious, bound prepubescent female.”