Former Barksdale Airman given 8 years in prison for receiving child pornography

SHREVEPORT, La. -- United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Jan. 29 that a New Jersey man who was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., was sentenced to 96 months in prison for receiving child pornography on his personal computer.

Kyle Daniel Reese, 21, of Sicklerville, N.J., was sentenced on one count of receiving child pornography by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. Reese was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations, the Louisiana State Attorney General Jeff Landry's Office Cyber Crime Unit, the Northwest Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Bossier City Marshal's Office and the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Gillespie Jr. prosecuted the case.

According to evidence presented at the Aug. 10, 2015 guilty plea, law enforcement agents detected a computer at Barksdale AFB downloading child pornography. Agents obtained warrants and searched Reese's domicile and work site on Feb. 4, 2015. A forensic examination of the digital media found more than 600 images and more than five videos of child pornography on his personal computer. Before his sentencing, Reese was discharged from the Air Force.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov .

The U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) encourage the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at (866) DHS-2ICE. Investigators are available at all hours to answer hotline calls. Tips or other information can also be submitted to ICE online at www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp . Tips may be submitted anonymously.