A former Baton Rouge lawyer who admitted last year that he received child pornography over a three-year period was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Thursday and ordered to pay $22,000 in fines and restitution.
William Steven Mannear, 62, permanently resigned from the practice of law in July and pleaded guilty in August to receiving child porn via the Internet from at least August 2009 through September 2012.
The FBI and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office searched Mannear’s house, law firm and car in March 2013 and seized two computers belonging to him that contained a large amount of child porn, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said.
Federal prosecutors charged Mannear in May.
“Today’s sentence should serve as a reminder that child pornographers, regardless of their occupation or station in life, will face significant punishment in federal court,” Green stated. “Attorneys, like anyone else, must comply with the law and will be held accountable for criminal activity, whether it be child pornography or any other federal criminal offense.”
Mannear’s online criminal actions were initially uncovered by a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick said Mannear will be on supervised release for five years after his release from prison.
The state Supreme Court ordered in July that Mannear be permanently prohibited from practicing law in Louisiana or any other jurisdiction in which he was admitted to practice.
Mannear’s attorney, Jim Boren, previously called Mannear “a good man, a good family man, and a good citizen and lawyer” who had an addiction.