Ascension Sheriff’s Office: District fire chief booked on possession of child pornography _lowres

Kristopher Johnson

A former assistant fire chief in Gonzales has been sentenced to eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty last year to possession and distribution of child pornography, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Kristopher Johnson, 422 S. Olena, Ave., Gonzales, had served in the Gonzales Fire Department from 2001 until his resignation shortly after his arrest by Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies and state and federal investigators in March 2016. 

Prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge said that the joint law enforcement investigation into Johnson, 37, began in early 2016 when officers found a Gmail user with several email addresses that had uploaded child pornography images, including one email address that was Johnson's at the Fire Department.  

Investigators were able to trace the online activity back to Johnson's home, where a later search turned up images on his cellphone and iPad of 6- to 12-year-olds being sexually abused, prosecutors said.

Johnson, who carried the title of district fire chief, later admitted to investigators that he viewed and traded child pornography through the internet. Investigators also found out he texted child pornography images to another person, prosecutors said.

Johnson, who is also facing 11 state counts of possessing child pornography, pleaded guilty to four federal counts of distribution of child pornography in November 2015 and a single count of possession of child porn in March 2016.

At the sentencing Wednesday in Baton Rouge federal court, U.S. District Judge Shelly D. Dick also sentenced Johnson to seven years of supervision after his release from federal prison, and he must also register as a sex offender. 

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