Elizabeth man sentenced 30 years for child pornography

Clyde J. Pontefract, 52, of Elizabeth, LA., was sentenced to serve 30 years in federal prison for production of child pornography. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that the sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi in federal court in Lake Charles, LA. In addition to his prison term, the judge also sentenced Pontefract to lifetime supervised release.

Pontefract pleaded guilty in December of 2010, to production of child pornography. Documents filed within the court revealed Pontefract used someone known to him to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography. This took place over ten years.

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley stated, "This is one of the most disturbing cases that I have ever seen" He also said "The U.S. Attorney's Office is committed to protecting the children of this district from predators. We will vigorously prosecute and pursue heavy sentences for individuals who exploit children in our communities."

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. This is a significant sentence, and fitting punishment for this man's actions. HSI will continue to aggressively investigate those who victimize children and will work in partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office to protect our communities from sexual predators."

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Allen Parish Sheriff's Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney J. Collin Sims.

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.