United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that U.S. Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick sentenced Philip Evans, age 50, of Marrero, Louisiana, to 97 months in federal prison following his conviction for distribution of child pornography. The Court further sentenced Evans to serve 5 years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment and he must register as a convicted sex offender for life.
According to admissions made during his plea, between April 21, 2021 and June 3, 2021, Evans knowingly distributed numerous images and videos of child pornography using the electronic messaging application called WhatsApp.
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul J. Pugliese.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc.