30-Year-Old Felon From Mississippi Pleads Guilty in Louisiana Court to Attempting to Transfer Obscene Material to a Minor

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Published November 18, 2022

30-Year-Old Felon From Mississippi Pleads Guilty in Louisiana Court to Attempting to Transfer Obscene Material to a Minor

Louisiana – On November 17, 2022, U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Colbi Trent Defiore, age 30, a resident of Carriere, Mississippi, pleaded guilty as charged on November 16. 2022 before United States District Judge Sarah S. Vance after previously being charged with attempted transfer of obscene matter to a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1470.

According to court documents, Defiore was an adult male who was released from a federal correctional institution on August 19, 2022, after serving his judicially imposed term in an unrelated matter. Days after his release, Defiore obtained a cellphone and posted on a social media application that he desired a very young girl. The FBI observed the posting and began talking with Defiore in an undercover capacity by pretending to be a fourteen-year-old female (“Minor”). Defiore offered additional information about himself throughout the correspondence, which took place on August 24 and 25, 2022, including his age, location, and recent release from prison. He also had a sexually charged conversation with Minor, during which he texted a selfie of his erect penis. Defiore also stated a desire to meet Minor in Slidell, Louisiana, in order to engage in sexual behavior with her. Defiore reportedly informed Minor that he was looking for transportation to Slidell, Louisiana (where he assumed Minor was) and gave Minor directions to his location. Defiore also persuaded Minor to get transportation to his location so that they might engage in sexual activities.

Defiore faces up to ten years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, three years of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment fee. Defiore may be required to register as a sex offender as well. Sentencing before Judge Vance is set for February 15, 2022.

This case was filed as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide campaign initiated by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to tackle the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Project Safe Childhood, led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, marshals federal, state, and local resources to find, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. To learn more about Project Safe Childhood, go to www.usdoj.gov/psc. For additional information on internet safety education, go to www.usdoj.gov/psc and select the “resources” option.

U.S. Attorney Evans applauded the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s work in this case. The prosecution is led by Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.