U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Edd Scafidel, Jr., age 62 and of Ponchatoula, was sentenced to 72 months imprisonment by United States District Judge Eldon E. Fallon after previously pleading guilty as charged to an Indictment charging him with receiving images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children, including children as young as approximately one (1) year old. Additionally, Judge Fallon ordered that Scafidel serve a five-year period of supervised release and register as a sex offender after he is released from prison, Judge Fallon also scheduled a restitution hearing in the matter on September 16, 2021.
According to court documents, in about November 2018, a complainant knowledgeable with Scafidel's actions reported to Special Agents with the FBI that Scafidel possessed electronic storage devices that contained files depicting the sexual exploitation of children. After further investigation, the FBI obtained a search warrant for Scafidel's residence and the search on December 4, 2018 revealed that he possessed a leather pouch that contained, among other items, two electronic storage devices that contained files depicting the sexual exploitation of children. In total, Scafidel downloaded and saved at least 22,334 images depicting the sexual victimization of children, including children less than one year old. Among the files Scafidel searched for, downloaded, and stored were some that portrayed “sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence.” Specifically, at least one image portrayed the sexual penetration of a conscious, bound prepubescent female.