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Shelton Fruge sentenced on Federal charges

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Shelton Fruge has been sentenced to sixty years in Federal Prison after pleading guilty to two counts of production of child pornography.  Those sentences are to run consecutive to sentences already imposed in state court where he received a life sentence plus 99 years.

He and his wife's story was first reported as one of sexual deviancy that revealed a case of severe child abuse and exploitation. It's the one in which investigators discovered videos showing one of the family dogs performing lewd acts on his wife, Pamela.  The investigation revealed a six year old girl was raped, shown that video and exploited in other ways. But those charges were in state court. 

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District, Shelton Fruge sexually assaulted very young girls and photographed the molestation.  They say initially he photographed the children in sexually explicit poses and then, as the exploitation progressed, began photographing a six year old girl as he raped her.

Officials say after producing the hard core, prepubescent child pornography, Fruge would then trade the images with other people and discuss ways to further sexually assault the young children.  After discovering the images the defendant put on the web, officials say agents with Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at his home and found child pornography that he downloaded from the Internet and images of the two little girls.

Judge Patricia Minaldi says it was one of the worst cases she's been involved with in her entire career.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says, "Anyone who thinks they can commit such vile acts against the most vulnerable should think twice before doing it in this district.  Our office, along with our federal, state and local partners will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who prey on the children of our community." 

Shelton Fruge pleaded guilty to both counts.  A third count of distribution of child pornography was dismissed. Though it's unlikely that Fruge will ever get out of prison, if he does, Judge Patricia Minaldi ordered that he be on supervised release for his entire life.

Fruge's attorney asked that he be put in a state facility but Judge Minaldi denied the request.

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The following is a news release from the United States Attorney's Office:

Lake Charles man sentenced in Federal court for child pornography charges

Lake Charles, La.: United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today the sentencing of Shelton Peter Fruge, 35, of Lake Charles, La. Fruge was sentenced to 60 years in prison and lifetime supervised release for production of child pornography to run consecutively with his state sentence. The sentence was imposed by U. S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi.

Fruge pleaded guilty in October 2010, to two counts of production of child pornography. The defendant sexually assaulted very young girls and photographed the molestation. Initially, he photographed the children in sexually explicit poses. As the exploitation progressed, the defendant began photographing a 6 year old girl as he raped her. After producing the hard core prepubescent child pornography, Fruge would then trade the images with other people and discuss ways to further sexually assault the young children. After discovering the images the defendant had produced of the children on the Internet, agents with Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at Fruge's residence. During the search, they discovered child pornography that he had downloaded from the Internet and images of the two minor females. Fruge confessed to producing the child pornography.

Judge Minaldi stated that this was among the worst cases she has even been involved with in her entire career.

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley stated, "Anyone who thinks they can commit such vile acts against the most vulnerable should think twice before doing it in this district. Our office, along with our federal, state and local partners, will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who prey on the children of our community."

Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans, Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., stated, "HSI relentlessly pursues predators who sexually abuse children, whether that abuse is physical in nature or if it is accomplished by exploiting their images. Our special agents will continue to police cyberspace and target those who exploit one of the most defenseless segments of our society - our children."

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Luke Walker.

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