District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that, on December 8, a St. Tammany Parish jury found Jason Yates (39), of Grand Bay, Alabama, guilty of downloading multiple files containing child pornography at his Covington office three years ago. The verdict was on five counts of possession of pornography of juveniles under 13 and two counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles.
Yates faces from 10 to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced by District Judge William Knight on Jan. 5, 2017.
Yates’ crime came to light when the investigation division of the Attorney General’s Office was alerted that files suggestive of child pornography had been downloaded to a computer at a Covington business. An investigation led to Yates, who was alone in the office when the files were downloaded.