U.S. Coast Guard Officer pleads guilty to child pornography charges
Lake Charles, La.: United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today
that a Chief Warrant Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard pled guilty before U.S. District
Judge Patricia Minaldi in federal court in Lake Charles, to possession of child pornography
According to court documents, an undercover investigation revealed that Michael
Robert Gleason, 50, formerly of Lake Charles, LA, was using internet peer to peer websites
to download and possess child pornography. At sentencing, Gleason faces a term of
imprisonment of up to ten years. Sentencing in this matter has been set for October 25,
2012 in Lake Charles, LA.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent
Eric Link and Louisiana State Police Master Trooper Michael Hebert. The case is being
prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel J. McCoy.
SULPHUR MAN SENTENCED TO 210 MONTHS IN PRISON
FOR RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Defendant receives lifetime supervised release
Lafayette, La.: United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that
Lester Hugh Golden, 31, of Sulphur, La., was sentenced to serve 17 ½ years in federal
prison for possession of child pornography. The sentence was handed down by U.S.
District Judge Richard T. Haik in federal court in Lafayette, La. In addition to the prison
term, the judge also sentenced Golden to a lifetime of supervised release.
Golden pleaded guilty in February of 2012, to receiving child pornography.
According to court documents previously filed with the court, an undercover investigation
revealed that the defendant attempted to join a child pornography website multiple times.
During an FBI search at Golden’s residence, the defendant confessed to downloading child
pornography from the internet on numerous occasions. A forensic examination of the
defendant’s computer revealed 1,600 images and 75 videos of child pornography.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lake Charles
Resident Agency. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Luke
Both cases were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative
to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched by the
Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's
Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious
activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the
clock by investigators.