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Production of sexually explicit photos of minor females leads to lengthy prison sentence for Lafayette man

LAFAYETTE, La. -Jody Osmer, 38, of Lafayette, Louisiana, was sentenced today by United States District JudgeDavid C. Joseph. Osmer received a sentence of 235 months (19 years, 7 months) in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for production of child pornography.

This investigation began when law enforcement officers with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (“NCMEC”) received a cyber tip regarding distribution of child pornography associated with Osmer.

On April 13, 2021, law enforcement agents
executed a search warrant at his residence in Lafayette and found him to be in possession of
child pornography involving prepubescent minors. Osmer later admitted to agents that he had
used social media to communicate with minor females in an effort to meet them in person and engage in sexual relations.

Through their investigation, agents learned that between October 2014 and January 2017, two minor females had communicated with Osmer via cell phone applications and had sent sexually explicit images of themselves via cell phone with Osmer at his request. In addition, Osmer admitted that he met one of the minor victims and engaged in sex with her.

Osmer pleaded guilty to coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct and agreed that he did so with the purpose of producing a visual depiction of that conduct.