Washington man sentenced to 24 months in prison for attempting to send obscene images to a minor while in Houma

Washington man sentenced to 24 months in prison for attempting to send obscene images to a minor while in Houma
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POSTED: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 4:04pm

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Michael David Honan, 59, of Gig Harbor, Wash., was sentenced to 24 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Richard T. Haik for attempting to send obscene materials to a minor. Honan is also required to complete three years of supervised release and pay a $4,000 fine. Honan pleaded guilty on November 27, 2012.

According to the evidence presented at the guilty plea, Honan, who traveled to Houma, La., from Washington state for work, engaged in online communication from August 2011 to September 2011 with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl. It was in fact an undercover law enforcement officer.

Honan admitted to sending obscene images of himself via webcam and directing who he thought was a 14-year-old girl to websites displaying pornography. Honan was arrested in a Houma hotel Sept. 16, 2011 while chatting online with an undercover officer.

Homeland Security Investigations, the Lafayette Police Department and the Houma Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Myers P. Namie prosecuted the case.

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