Denham Springs man sentenced in child porn case

A Denham Springs man was sentenced Thursday in Baton Rouge to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to possession, receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography.

David L. Whitehead, 44, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady to serve 10 years of post-prison supervision by federal investigators.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cam T. Le objected to the sentence, noting that federal guidelines called for a prison term of at least 14 years.

Le said Whitehead once was charged in 21st Judicial District Court for Livingston Parish for the alleged molestation of a 4-year-old child. In a plea bargain, that charge was dropped. Whitehead pleaded guilty to second-degree battery in the Livingston Parish case and was sentenced to two years’ probation.

The federal prosecutor also noted that an 11-year-old child alleged Whitehead once pushed her onto a bed and “started to pull down her pants.” Le quoted the child as saying she “believed she was going to be raped by this man.”

Whitehead denied molesting the 4-year-old.

And Glen R. Petersen, Whitehead’s attorney, told Brady the 11-year-old was not raped.

Le countered: “Something happened with those girls. They’re still traumatized.”

Brady noted that Whitehead is undergoing cancer treatments.

The judge ordered Whitehead to immediately meet with the U.S. Marshals Service to receive a date for reporting to a federal prison medical facility.