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Bond reduction denied for Longanecker

2 years 2 months 2 days ago November 17, 2014 Nov 17, 2014 Monday, November 17 2014 November 17, 2014 5:47 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones, Jessica LeBlanc

GONZALES - A judge denied a requested bond reduction for Sorrento's former mayor, who is accused of more than 40 counts of child porn possession.

Wilson Longanecker Jr. asked that his $1 million bond be reduced to $100,000. Judge Jessie Leblanc instead left the higher bond in place, and said it could be increased if additional charges are brought against Longanecker.

Longanecker's attorney declined to speak with News 2 after the hearing. The prosecuting attorney, Robin O'Bannon, said she thinks the judge was fair in her denial.

"I think the judge's bond on each count was very low and fair. I think it was, like I said, $25,000 a count. So, if he can make that, he's certainly welcome to get out of jail and come to court," said O'Bannon.

An arraignment in the case was scheduled for Dec. 15. O'Bannon said they have already gotten started on the next step.

"We filed a bill of information charging him with 43 counts of pornography. Once they finish the forensics on the computer, that may change. And we're going to proceed accordingly."

Authorities arrested Longanecker Oct. 23 and searched his home, charging him with both possession of child porn and obstruction of justice for trying to prevent investigators from retrieving evidence.

Longanecker caused controversy in his time as mayor for taking extended leaves of absence. He cited medical reasons for his lengthy disappearance from his position and lack of contact with council members or town workers.

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