Ponchatoula man sentenced to 72 months in prison for receiving videos exploiting children

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A judge on Thursday sentenced a Ponchatoula man to 72 months in prison and ordered that he pay a $100 special assessment fee after he previously pleaded guilty to receiving images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children, some of which exploited children younger than age 1.

United States District Judge Eldon E. Fallon handed the sentence to 62-year-old Edd Scafidel Jr. and also ordered Scafidel to register as a sex offender and have five years of supervision following his release from prison.

Court documents indicate that, in November 2018, a complainant notified the FBI that Scafidel possessed electronic storage devices that contained files depicting the sexual exploitation of children, according to a press release from the U.S. Justice Department.

Agents executed a search warrant and found two electronic storage devices in Scafidel’s possession. Further analysis revealed that Scafidel downloaded and saved at least 22,334 pictures in which children were sexually victimized.

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