GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - U.S. Attorney Walt Green announced Tuesday that former Gonzales District Fire Chief Kristopher Johnson, 36, has been convicted of distributing and possessing child pornography.
On Tuesday, December 20, Johnson plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Shelly D. Dick to four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He will be sentenced at a later date.
The initial investigation began when law enforcement discovered that a Gmail user with several different email addresses had uploaded images of child pornography into an online photo account. Investigators then traced the user's IP address back to Johnson's residence. After executing a search warrant, investigators found child pornography on Johnson's cell phone and IPad, including images of children between the ages of 6 and 12 being sexually abused.
When interviewed, Johnson admitted to going to various websites to view child pornography, trading child pornography via Google, and viewing child pornography while which purportedly displayed the child niece of an individual with whom he was corresponding. Investigators also discovered Johnson had texted multiple images of children being sexually abused to another individual via a texting app.
"Those who exploit and perpetuate the sexual abuse of children by trading and possessing images of such abuse will continue to be aggressively pursued by this office, along with out federal, state, and local partners. I commend the agents and prosecutor for their work on this important prosecution," said Green.