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Kenner man arrested for allegedly downloading child porn

KENNER, LA (WVUE) -

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that a Kenner man was arrested for crimes involving sexual exploitation of a child. Forty-one-year-old Steven Gaeta was arrested by federal law enforcement authorities on March 2.

The Department of Justice says a federal grand jury indicted Gaeta in February of 2015 after a child exploitation investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations. According to records, agents executed a federal search warrant at Gaeta's residence after determining he was downloading images depicting the sexual victimization of kids through peer-to-peer file sharing software.

If convicted, Gaeta faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years, and a maximum penalty of 20 years, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

Polite reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge, and that the defendant must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Polite praised the work of the agents who investigated the matter.

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