Press release: Former state DEQ scientist gets three years for child pornography charges

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This just in from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office: Michael T. Drury, who, according to this 2009 Times-Picayune story, was "an environmental scientist who has been monitoring the work of demolition and construction contractors involved in asbestos-removal projects in New Orleans," for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality was sentenced to three years in prison today for federal child pornography charges. Drury pleaded guilty in August.

The press release:


NEW ORLEANS MAN SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS
IN PRISON FOR CRIMES INVOLVING THE
SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - MICHAEL T. DRURY, age 55, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today by U. S. Judge Martin L.C. Feldman to a term of thirty-six (36) months in prison, followed by a ten (10) year period of supervised release, and a $5,000 fine, after previously pleading guilty to felony crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children, announced United States Attorney Jim Letten.

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According to court documents, DRURY was found to be in possession of computers that contained dozens of images depicting the sexual victimization of minor children. The images depicted children less than 18 years of age, some of whom were less than 12 years of age, engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 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.

This case was investigated by special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.

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