Ex-minister indicted on federal child pornography charges - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Ex-minister indicted on federal child pornography charges

The following is a Press Release from the United States Department of Justice:

Lafayette, La.: U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a former Youth Minister of St. Thomas More High School and current owner of Half Back Media, was indicted this week by a federal grand jury for production of child pornography and attempting to persuade a minor to engage in criminal sexual acts.

Eric Michael Manuel, 22, of Lafayette, La., is charged in a 20-count indictment with 18 counts of production of child pornography and two counts of using a facility in interstate commerce to persuade a minor to engage in criminal sexual acts. If convicted of production of child pornography, Manuel could face a maximum sentence of 30 years and a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both. If convicted of using a facility in interstate commerce to persuade a minor to engage in criminal sexual acts, Manuel could face a maximum penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

An indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lafayette Resident Agency, the Louisiana State Police and the Lafayette Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Luke Walker.

The number for the Lafayette FBI Office is: 337-233-2164.

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