COVINGTON—A 34-year-old Slidell man pled guilty Monday (June 1) to four counts of possession of child pornography and 20 counts of production of child pornography. The defendant, David Michael Hall, was sentenced by Judge Allison H. Penzato to a total of 40 years in prison—20 years on the possession charges and 20 years on the production charges to run consecutively.
Assistant District Attorney Julie Knight was preparing to select a jury for Hall’s scheduled trial, when he agreed to the plea. The case was investigated by David Ferris and Lisa Kaprowski of the Attorney General’s Office and Brian Brown, who was working for the Slidell Police Department at the time of Hall’s arrest but has since joined the Attorney General’s Office.
Hall was first arrested for possession of child pornography on Nov. 27, 2012, when cyber crime investigators tracked the child pornography to him. Two computers and a phone were among the items seized when officers executed a search warrant at Hall’s home. After further analysis of the evidence, officers determined that Hall was producing child pornography, and he was arrested on the additional charges on Feb. 12, 2014.