Rankin County Man Receives a 25-Year Sentence for Possessing Thousands of Images of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
December 13, 2011
For more information, please contact
Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that John McAndrew Bevalaque received a 25-year sentence, which he will serve day-for-day, for possessing thousands of images of child pornography. After he is released from prison, he is obligated to register as a sex offender and pay a $50,000.00 fine.

In April 2010, a Richland Police Department Detective was using highly sophisticated software that monitors the internet and detects individuals who are downloading and trading child pornography. The detective was able to capture the IP address.

Richland Police Department obtained a Grand Jury subpoena that identified the IP address as belonging to John Bevalaque who resided at 213 Jefferson Street in Richland. The Richland Police Department obtained a search warrant to search his residence. Prior to serving the search warrant, the Richland Police Department contacted the Attorney General’s Office of Cybercrime Unit who assisted them in searching the residence. Officers seized two computers and numerous CDs and DVDs which contained thousands of child pornographic images.

The images involved children as young as 4 years old.

Bevalaque was arrested and later confessed to downloading child pornography.

Guest stated, “This investigation, arrest, and conviction removed a dangerous individual from society, and also may have prevented children from becoming victims of people like Bevalaque.”

Guest added, “The possession of child pornography is characteristically a precursor of someone becoming a pedophile. What makes this case particularly disturbing was not only the number of images and videos downloaded, but also the content of the material. Law enforcement determined that two of the videos found on Bevalaque’s computer would be classified as training videos used to instruct potential child molesters on how to take advantage of children.”

Guest continued, “I cannot thank the Richland Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office enough for all their hard work on this case. The District Attorney’s Office will continue to work with law enforcement to protect our children from child predators who use the internet to commit their crimes. We cannot tolerate individuals, like Bevalaque, prey upon our children.”