Child predator sentenced to 12 years in jail

Child predator sentenced to 12 years in jail
Andrew Easterly, 21 (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to 12 years in jail after being convicted for transportation of child pornography.

The Department of Justice Middle District of Louisiana reports that on Monday, June 4, Andrew Easterly, 21, was sentenced to 144 months (12 years) in prison following his child pornography conviction. He will also be required to serve a 10-year term of supervised release and register as a sex offender when he gets out of jail.

The investigation began when law enforcement received a tip that Easterly, using the usernames "youngones" and "littleones69," shared a number of child pornography images of children between the ages of 5 and 14 to a social media website. A search of Easterly's electronic devices yielded at least 300 more images and videos, including some of toddlers and prepubescent children.

During the investigation, it was also discovered Easterly had produced his own child porn after sneakily photographing and recording unaware children in various degrees of nudity and in personal situations, such as using the bathroom or changing clothes at his college dorm and at his parents' house.

"Through his despicable and reprehensible actions, this defendant earned every bit of his 144-month prison sentence. Protecting our children from child predators like Andrew Easterly will continue to be a top priority of this office. We look forward to continuing to work with the public and our excellent federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to aggressively pursue offenders who target the most vulnerable members of our community," said United States Attorney Brandon Fremin.

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