Shelton Peter Fruge, 35, of Moss Bluff, was sentenced to 60 years in prison and lifetime supervised release for production of child pornography. The federal sentence, imposed by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi, will run consecutively with his state sentence. The announcement was made on Thursday by United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley.
Fruge pleaded guilty in October 2010 to two counts of production of child pornography. The defendant sexually assaulted young girls and photographed the molestation. According to Finley's press release, Fruge initially photographed the children in sexually explicit poses, but as the exploitation progressed, the defendant began photographing a six year-old girl as he raped her. After producing the hard core prepubescent child pornography, Fruge would then trade the images with other people and discuss ways to further sexually assault the young children.
After discovering the images the defendant had produced of the children on the internet, agents with Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at Fruge’s residence. During the search, they discovered child pornography that he had downloaded from the internet and images of the two minor females. Fruge confessed to producing the child pornography.
Judge Minaldi stated that this was among the worst cases she has even been
involved with in her entire career.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Luke Walker.