Crowley Man Sentenced to 84 Months in Prison for Transporting Child Pornography
|U.S. Attorney’s Office September 06, 2013|
LAFAYETTE, LA—United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Tylerton James Clement, 20, of Crowley, Louisiana, was sentenced to 84 months in prison and five years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Richard T. Haik for making a video of minors having sex and transporting the file. He is also required to register as a sex offender.
According to the evidence presented at the guilty plea, two other males, under the age of 18, picked up two 13-year-old females on April 3, 2011, and gave them drugs. The males then took the girls to a hotel in Crowley, where they engaged in sex acts while the girls were under the effects of the drugs. Clement arrived at the hotel some time later and made a video of the sexual acts with his phone. He admitted to being 18 years old at the time that the video was made and admitted to transporting the video to Texas. Clement pleaded guilty on January 7, 2013.
“This defendant engaged in despicable behavior and abused two minors,” Finley said. “At the time of this incident, Clement was 18, old enough to know that he shouldn’t use his cellphone to video sex acts with children. This sentence should serve as a deterrent to anyone who is thinking about taking advantage of or sexually exploiting children. My office along with our federal, state, and local partners will continue to investigate and prosecute these cases; we are going to do everything that we can to protect the children of this district.”
“Recording the rape of drugged children is an abhorrent crime, demonstrating a complete lack of conscience or empathy by the defendant,” said Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of HSI New Orleans. “HSI and our law enforcement partners are engaged in a full court press across the United States and around the world to stop the sexual exploitation of children. This defendant will have many years to spend in prison thinking about his crime and the pain he so selfishly caused others.”
“I applaud the efforts of the entire investigative and prosecutive team for bringing swift justice to this individual who engaged in such outrageous exploitative conduct of children,” said Mike Anderson, FBI Special Agent In Charge, New Orleans Division.
The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Service, Louisiana State Police, and Crowley Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Luke Walker prosecuted the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice launched nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. 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.justice.gov/psc.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at (866) DHS-2ICE. Investigators are available at all hours to answer hotline calls. Tips or other information can also be submitted to ICE online at www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp Tips may be submitted anonymously.
Those concerned may also leave tips with the FBI at tips.fbi.gov. Tips may be submitted anonymously. The Lafayette FBI Resident Agency number is (337) 233-2164.